Countercoup: The Dark Story of a Rebellious Youth
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The last date listed for Countercoup was Saturday October 20, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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Creator of Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history, the multi-talented Brian Copeland mounts his third one-man production, The Scion, an incisively funny look at class inequality. With his razor-sharp wit, Copeland examines the events surrounding the infamous Santos Linguisa Factory triple homicide, in which the sausage dynasty's scion gunned down three meat inspectors as they attempted to enter the facility. Walking the line between comedy and tragedy, Copeland turns the microscope on the privileged few that believe themselves to be above the law. An author, comedian, radio and TV host, Copeland also recently starred alongside Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in the film The Bucket List and is the creator of the critically acclaimed solo show The Waiting Period. Learn More
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Countercoup draws on Mark McGoldrick’s troubled teenage years, the period just before and after a car accident in which he broke much of his body, notably his neck. Brought up in a family of eight children in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, he became every parent’s nightmare. A headstrong youth with more energy than wisdom, he crashed into other people, hard objects, and himself. The year of his injury, he was expelled from school and broke his hands three times in fist fights. It took the accident, and the loyalty of his family, to help him change course.
Spinal-cord injury rehabilitation is a process not dissimilar from boot camp, only harder. McGoldrick goes through it with Jim, a newfound friend whose experience contrasts with his own in tangible and intangible ways, raising possibly unanswerable questions about what makes one person get up and go and another lie down.
Performed and written by Mark McGoldrick
Directed by David Ford
Mark McGoldrick graduated from Harvard Law School following his accident, and then channeled his anti-authoritarian instincts into a life of public service. He has been a Deputy Public Defender for the last 13 years. He still likes to live on the edge, to perform without a safety net, as witnessed by his second career as a performer. His first show at The Marsh, The Golden Hammer: Wounds, Booze, and Forgotten Misconduct, was performed to much critical acclaim in 2005. In 2002, he wrote and performed a group of six short spoken-word pieces, collectively entitled "Public Defense,” based on character sketches from Oakland's criminal justice system.