Moreau Catholic alumnus Brian Copeland’s critically acclaimed one-man show, Not a Genuine Black Man, is coming to Moreau on February 5th and 7th. Inspired by his interactions with students at a school-wide assembly in November, Copeland will be back at his alma mater during the school’s Unity Week for two performances for students and faculty.
Based on his memoir of the same name, Copeland’s show chronicles his childhood in San Leandro in the 1970s as one of the only African-Americans in his neighborhood, his educational journey, and his rise to fame as a comedian, writer, and radio personality. The one-man show is a funny and poignant memoir that explores how our surroundings influence our identity.
Not a Genuine Black Man has become the longest running solo show in San Francisco theatrical history with more than 800 performances. The show has also been performed in more than 30 cities, including a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway.
Copeland has written and performed three subsequent critically acclaimed solo plays including The Waiting Period, The Jewelry Box and The Scion. The Waiting Period is a deeply moving and surprisingly funny work on his own struggles with depression and suicidal thought. (The title refers to the mandatory ten-day waiting period before he could lay his hands on the newly purchased gun with which he planned to take his own life.)
His new play, Grandma & Me: An Ode to Single Parents, will debut in the spring of 2018 at The Marsh, a leading outlet for solo performances in both San Francisco and Berkeley.