Not a Genuine Black Man: Longest-Running Show in Bay Area History
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The last date listed for Not a Genuine Black Man was Saturday February 23, 2013 / 5:00pm.
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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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- In addition to the Marsh in San Francisco and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/berkeley-ca/not-a-genuine-black-man">Berkeley</a>, the show was also a hit with Goldstar members in its run at the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/san-francisco-ca/not-a-genuine-black-man-1.html">American Conservatory Theater</a>.
- "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." --<em>San Francisco</em><em> Chronicle</em>
- “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.” --<em>Los Angeles Times </em>
- “Engaging ... Copeland knows how to spin a dramatic yarn.” --<em>The New York Times </em>
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.