Brian Copeland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
A Brian Copeland
Publicity photograph of Brian Copeland by Joan Marcus.

Brian Copeland (born 1964)[1] is an American actor, comedian, radio talk show host, playwright and author based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Copeland has been the opening act for artists such as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and Ringo Starr. For the past 18 years he has hosted a radio program for San Francisco radio station KGO (AM).[2] His program currently airs on Sunday afternoons. On September 13, 2010, he began serving as host of "7 Live," a new hour-long, weekday program on KGO-TV in San Francisco. He is the father of three children, all of whom have followed him into show business.

Early life[edit]

Copeland was born in Akron, Ohio and grew up in Hayward, California and San Leandro, California.[3]

Not a Genuine Black Man[edit]

Play[edit]

In 2004, Copeland premiered his first one man show, Not a Genuine Black Man, at The Marsh. The show is an account of his experiences growing up in the East Bay suburb of San Leandro, California in the 1970s, when it was considered a racist enclave due to its 99.4% white population and coordinated policies of housing discrimination and segregation.[1] The play, originally scheduled for a six-week run, went on to run 25 months, becoming the longest-running one-man show in San Francisco history.[4]

GENUINE ran Off Broadway and in over 30 U.S. cities logging over 700 performances during its initial 7 year run.

"The Waiting Period"[edit]

In February 2012, Copeland premiered his second solo show entitled "The Waiting Period" at the Marsh in San Francisco. The play is a memoir of Copeland's battle with suicidal depression. The 'waiting period' in the title, refers to California's mandatory ten-day waiting period before Copeland could bring home the gun he had purchased for the purpose of ending his life.

The play received rave reviews from critics (as well as depression and suicide support groups and the mental health community) and currently plays to sold out crowds. The message of the comedy/drama is for those suffering from debilitating depression and suicidal thoughts to "Tell Somebody" and ask for help before it's too late.

The play has been extended five times as of this writing. A book is forthcoming and talks are currently under way for a major motion picture based upon the work.

Book[edit]

In 2006, the publishing house Hyperion released a memoir by Copeland based upon his play.[5]

In 2009, the book was selected by "Silicon Valley Reads" as the one to read and discuss as a community. This organization represents this Northern Californian region's libraries, bookstores, and schools, along with some civic leaders.[6]

Film career[edit]

In 2006, Copeland was cast as the son of Morgan Freeman's character in the Rob Reiner film The Bucket List, also starring Jack Nicholson.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joan Ryan (2004-11-07). "Bearing life in all-white San Leandro". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Brian Copeland". Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  3. ^ http://www.briancopeland.com/e-press/pdf/Blk_press_usa.pdf
  4. ^ a b "Bay Area playwright ready for swan song". Retrieved 2007-07-24. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Not a Genuine Black Man". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Not a Genuine Black Man". Silicon Valley Reads. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 

External links[edit]