The Marsh is delighted to welcome back Brian Copeland’s hit show, NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN, for a limited engagement at The Marsh San Francisco in celebration of Black History Month. The Marsh is very proud to be the theatrical producer of what became the longest running solo show in San Francisco history. Its next incarnation, currently in the planning stages, will be a performance film for DVD and cable television to be shot next fall.
Directed by David Ford, the show plays on Fridays at 8:00 pm and Saturdays at 5:00 pm (except Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 pm) from February 1 – 23, 2013 on The Marsh MainStage, 1062 Valencia Street in San Francisco. For tickets, the public may visit www.themarsh.org <http://www.themarsh.org/> or call 415-282-3055.
“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, Copeland explores how surroundings make us who we are.
Copeland’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 while reader reviewers on Amazon.com are calling it “The best book I’ve ever read.” It was chosen as the 2009 selection for Silicon Valley Reads, a library sponsored program that encourages all Silicon Valley residents to read one book at the same time and engage in community wide discussions on its relevance. It is widely used in school and college courses. For more information on Copeland, please visit his website at www.briancopeland.com <http://www.briancopeland.com/> .