Shopping For God: The Hilarious Account of One Woman's Search for Meaning
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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
Erica is a Viennese Jew whose family escaped certain death by running to Czechoslovakia, then Cuba, then Brooklyn, where she grew up listening to tales of a vanished world. Her cousin and surrogate sister Marsha was 7 when she left Europe. Marsha was old enough to know family was the only safe place. She shut the door on the world. But Erica was too young to know so she got the knot in her gut.
When she was a kid, she used to ask her parents: “How can you be atheists?” Her mom would say, “Everyone’s relationship to this idea of a God is entirely personal. All you need to know is never touch yourself — you’ll go blind.” Her dad would say, “On this planet God is the almighty dollar. Why don’t you write a play about that?” An infuriated Marsha would say: “If I weren’t an atheist, I’d pray for you.” Erica rebelled against them all! She went Methodist. She became a Radical Presbyterian. She converted to Orthodox Judaism. She DID Carlos Castanedas. None of it fit.
In this hilarious, reckless and ultimately heroic story, she stops at nothing, including wild drama therapy sessions between Germans and Jews and a tumultuous exploration of the she/god, to find out if it’s possible to reconcile with people you’ve hated for years. She is an irresistibly comic story teller, a master at finding the pain and making it funny. Her journey is not only universal, it offers unique insight into one woman’s need to balance the books, to reconcile her past, her family and her dream of freedom.