Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira

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Written & Performed by
Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira
Directed by Ami Zins & Lew Levinson

August 22 – October 3 | Berkeley
Saturdays at 5pm


“There couldn’t be a more timely show than “Cops and Robbers,” Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira’s contemporary, one-man exploration of an officer-involved shooting in Oakland.” — SF Examiner

Cops and Robbers is a revolutionary look into the dysfunctional relationship between law enforcement, the media, and the Black community. Centered on an officer involved shooting, writer/performer Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira takes the viewer on an emotionally charged ride with unexpected twists and turns. The Piper seamlessly travels through 18 characters, each with their own convictions, logic, and prejudices. Cops and Robbers takes no prisoners as it challenges the viewer to question all preconceived notions of “right” and “wrong.”

Artist Biography

Writer/Performer Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira is a rapper, actor, and screenwriter from Oakland, California. He was one-third of Flipsyde, an alternative hip-hop band that has toured internationally with artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, The Game, Busta Rhymes, and more. Flipsyde has written anthems for the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. The band continues to enjoy several song placements in television, film, and sporting events. In 2009, Piper won the Creative Promise Award for screenwriter at the Tribeca Film Festival for his CIA thriller: Walter’s Boys.

In the spring of 2010, Piper paid his way through a Bay Area law enforcement academy, eventually graduating in the top percentile and delivering the commencement speech. The paradox of being a member of the Black community and a hip-hop artist, while simultaneously working in Law Enforcement, served as the inspiration to write Cops and Robbers.

Though Piper is not a stranger to the stage, Cops and Robbers is his first venture into theater. The ingenuity of this play led to him being a scholarship recipient for a performance workshop with Anna Deavere Smith at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The Cops and Robbers Project consists of a one-man-play, an audio play, a 6-song musical soundtrack, and a book written by Piper and his wife Dawn Williams Ferreira, Ph.D.

Press & Media

“Rapper Turned Cop Jinho ‘The Piper’ Ferreira Tells Story of Police Shooting From Both Sides”– Newsweek

“When people come up to me after the show, they say thank you for opening your heart and
taking these risks….. That’s so gratifying because I’m not an actor – I’m just putting out
everything that’s been haunting me.” — SF Weekly

“Bay Area Officer Provides Unique Perspective On Police Shootings In One-Man Play” — CBS
Channel 5

“With many in the audience turning off stories about the Ferguson riots as they entered the
Marsh, Ferreira’s performance was not so much theatre, but a stepping back into the same
story that just got switched off.” — Stark Insider

“Oakland-raised law enforcement officer, rapper, and actor Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira
highlights the subjectivity of justice with his one-man play.” — East Bay Express

“Ferreira’s play certainly doesn’t preach to any one choir…He’s amazing, he’s talented, he’s
a rapper and he’s a good cop.” 
— Contra Costa Times

Feature Article: ‘Cops and Robbers examines conflict.’  — SF Chronicle

Photo Gallery | Press Release

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 Sliding Scale | $55 & $100 Reserved Seating
August 22 – October 3
No performance September 19
Saturdays at 5pm
83 minutes | One 15 minute Intermission | Ages 15+ | Parental Discretion Advised
Photo Credit: Jim Dennis

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