A message from Brian Copeland! GALA tickets on sale! — October 8, 2014

This week Brian Copeland starts repertory performances of THE WAITING PERIOD and NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, GENUINE premiered at The Marsh in 2004, instigating the longest running solo show in the history of the Bay Area and beyond.

Brian has a message to you and a request.

Hi folks – Since Robin Williams lost his battle with depression, I have been thinking:  if nothing else, perhaps this will cause more people to take an honest look at this last stigmatized disease and bring it into the light. Depression should carry no more shame than ALS, or cancer. We have to stop looking at depression and suicide as a choice, and instead as an affliction, that causes untold damage to the sufferers and those who love them.

I am looking forward to returning to The Marsh with The Waiting Period, in repertory with Not A Genuine Black Man. For those of you unfamiliar with these works, The Waiting Period tells the story of the mandatory ten days required before a person can take home a purchased gun-in this case, a hand gun I bought to intending to take my own life.  As you can tell, I didn’t go through with my intention (you will have to see the show to find out why) and I created this show in the hopes that it will help others who struggle with this disease, as well as their loved ones and families.

To that end I am inviting those of you who have lost someone to depression to let me honor their memory with a dedicated performance. Please send me some information about that person, and a photo. We will dedicate specific performances to individual people based on your submissions, and a portion of that night’s proceeds will be donated in that loved one’s name to a charity chosen by survivor. Please send your submissions to marsh@themarsh.org.

I look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you at The Marsh in the coming weeks.

Brian Copeland

To celebrate we are offering a pair of tickets for this first weekend to the first 5 to email us at contest@themarsh.org (please note Genuine 10/10 or Waiting 10/12 in the subject line).

TICKETS NOW ON SALE for The Marsh’s 25th Anniversary Gala

In one month from today, we celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Join us on November 8 at a fabulous gala benefiting The Marsh and its youth programs. The Gala is a “party tour with solo performers” including a “taste of the neighborhood” featuring food and libations from our Neighborhood Valencia Gourmet Ghetto, all-star performances, and time to mingle with the stars of solo performance. Space is limited, so please get your tickets here.

Final 2 Weeks of Marga Gomez’s fabulous LOVEBIRDS
Josh Kornbluth’s improvs of Reports From THE Zen Hospice
(check out his KALW interview: http://kalw.org/post/art-mirrors-life-rapper-turned-cop-s-one-man-show)

Don Reed’s SEMI-FAMOUS, Hollywood Hell Tales From the Middle
Check the review “Get a laugh and keep on going” http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Theater-review-Don-Reed-s-Semi-Famous-5770944.php
Brian Copeland’s 10th Anniversary run of NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN and THE WAITING PERIOD

Rebecca Fisher’s MEMPHIS ON MY MIND, starting October 25
Performance followed by Barbeque and Blues!