Marilyn Pittman's It's All the Rage: Darkly Funny Story of Family Tragedy
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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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Featured review from JRed Velvet
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Excellent balance of humor, wit, emotions, and seriousness. This takes you on quite a journey that shifts back and forth between parents and wife, hell and happiness. I would love to see other shows by Marilyn and I wish this had been longer. I cannot imagine performing this often. I bet she is exhausted after every show. The way her eyes change and convey such contrasting emotions and feelings is quite remarkable. She draws you in. You will laugh, you will think, and you will look at people differently after. I truly appreciate any performance that can accomplish such a feat.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Fabulous! A great piece of theater!” --KQED
- Hear Pittman talk about the show on <a target="_blank" href="http://kalwnews.org/audio/2010/06/01/comic-relief-performing-through-tragedy_395267.html">KALW's <em>Crosscurrents</em></a>.
- The show was originally produced as part of the Marsh's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.themarsh.org/festival_new_voices_2010.html ">Festival of New Voices</a>.
The Marsh is proud to present Marilyn Pittman's It's All the Rage. Pittman developed It's All the Rage as one of six artists invited to join The Marsh's second Performance Initiative in 2009. She performed the show to sold-out houses and standing ovations as part of the Festival of New Voices II in June of this year.
In 1997, Pittman’s identity as a stand-up comic, UC Berkeley educator and NPR talent consultant was shattered by the sudden murder-suicide of her parents. The Pittmans were a normal mid-western family. Dad was a World War II hero, Mom was a poet and editor of her college yearbook and they had been married for almost fifty years before their shocking deaths. It was a family of big personalities doing daring things and laughing a lot, from penny carnivals in the backyard to wild rides on mountain passes. As her mom would say, “We had a lot of fun!” And they did. Hard as it was to reconcile this tragedy with her family memories, Pittman, a well-known Bay Area comic, has a knack for mining humor out of dark truths. The show, at once murder mystery and survival tale, is both uproariously funny and heartbreakingly sad.
Pittman emerged from the San Francisco gay comedy scene during the AIDS era. She made her name at Josie's Cabaret in San Francisco's Castro district, performing countless headliner sets as well as her two solo shows 'Thank You For Sharing' and 'But Enough About You.' LGBT audiences from Provincetown to Anchorage rolled in the aisles at her wild and funny takes on right wing fundamentalists, personal ads, gay sex, lesbian relationships (including her own) and an assortment of annoying self-help books. She is a G.L.A.A.D. Media Award winner from that time for her work as an 'out' comic.