Venue Details

221 Star Starred
The Marsh San Francisco MainStage Theater
Three blocks from 24th & Mission BART 1062 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA 94110
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"Not a Genuine Black Man"
171 ratings
4.6 average rating
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James Red Velvet
159 events
136 reviews
42 stars
attended Apr 10 2009

Great performance - he puts so much into it! I liked it a lot... just didn't love it... wish I could put 3.5 stars.

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92 events
9 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 23 2009

Superb performance. Brian Copeland relates his childhood of growing up with racism, violence, and also love in both a humorous and emotionally heartbreaking way.

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236 events
160 reviews
527 stars
attended Jul 18 2008

Great evening of laughs and tears. Don't miss it!!! Brian is a great actor comedian.

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Quotes & Highlights

In addition to the Marsh in San Francisco and Berkeley, the show was also a hit with Goldstar members in its run at the American Conservatory Theater.
“Copeland is a winning, magnetic performer who knows how to work an audience … a beautiful mix of wry humor and heartbreak, indignation and inspiration, a singular story of extreme isolation that speaks to anyone who’s ever felt out of place.” —San Francisco_ Chronicle_
“Copeland’s ability to captivate an audience rivals many a celebrated solo predecessor from Ruth Draper to Spalding Gray to Whoopi Goldberg … Copeland is a genuine discovery.” —_Los Angeles Times _
“Engaging … Copeland knows how to spin a dramatic yarn.” —_The New York Times _


The Marsh is proud to welcome back Brian Copeland’s hit show, Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest running solo show in San Francisco history. “In 1972, the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing Called San Leandro, California ‘a racist bastion of white supremacy’. It was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. CBS News and Newsweek covered the story. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights conducted hearings.

And then, we moved to town.”

So writes Brian Copeland in his first solo show, Not a Genuine Black Man, revealing a little-known chapter of Bay Area history. In a monologue that’s both funny and poignant, Brian explores how surroundings make us who we are.

Brian’s memoir based on the show is now available nationwide. It received high critical acclaim from, among others, Publisher’s Weekly, People, Ebony and_ The Boston Globe._

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