One Man's Showdown With Depression: Brian Copeland's The Waiting Period
Even while living the life of a charismatic public figure, talk show host and actor-writer Brian Copeland (Not a Genuine Black Man) struggles with debilitating bouts of depression. He's taken those struggles and channeled them into The Waiting Period, a powerful solo show about the 10 days he spent waiting for the permit to get the gun he needed to kill himself. With intense honesty and unrelenting humor ("how much would be appropriate to spend on the gun?"), Copeland shares his insider's perspective on the deepest wells of depression. He interweaves his story with interviews of others suffering from depression, showcasing the universal nature of the experience. This show takes place at The Marsh, host to Copeland's previous hit Not a Genuine Black Man -- the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history.
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Read this recent feature in Newsweek.
To learn more about Brian Copeland, visit his website.
The Waiting Period runs 75 minutes, with no intermission. It is intended for ages 14 and older.