Press kit: Not a Genuine Black Man

Not a Genuine Black Man

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05/19/14: Not a Genuine Black Man Extended…

Brian Copeland’s 10th Anniversary Presentation of Not a Genuine Black Man Extended at Berkeley Rep

Copeland’s hit solo show runs at Theatre’s Osher Studio through June

Due to resounding praise from critics and an enthusiastic reception from audiences, Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that Brian Copeland’s 10th anniversary presentation of Not a Genuine Black Man will extend for a month. The critically acclaimed show recounts Copeland’s compelling and moving story of growing up black in the 1970s in San Leandro, California, a city once nationally known as one of the most racist in America. With wit and heartfelt passion, he explores the themes of racial identity and, ultimately, belonging. Directed and developed in part by David Ford, Not a Genuine Black Man now plays through June 28, 2014 at the Theatre’s Osher Studio.

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01/09/14: Brian Copeland’s Not a Genuine Black Man

Berkeley Rep Announces 10th Anniversary Presentation of Brian Copeland’s Not a Genuine Black Man

The longest-running show in the Bay Area comes to the Theatre’s Osher Studio this April

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces the 10th anniversary presentation of Brian Copeland’s Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history. After over 700 performances in its initial seven-year run in more than 30 cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as off Broadway, Copeland’s acclaimed show comes to Berkeley Rep’s Osher Studio for 18 performances this April. Copeland, a writer, actor, comedian, and radio talk-show host, recounts his story of growing up black in the 1970s in San Leandro, California, a city once nationally known as one of the most racist in America. With wit and heartfelt passion, he explores the themes of racial identity and ultimately, belonging. “Very funny,” raved the San Francisco Chronicle. “Copeland is a winning, magnetic performer. More than that, he’s got an important tale to tell!” Directed and developed in part by David Ford, Not a Genuine Black Man previews on April 23, 2014, opens April 25, 2014, and plays through May 31, 2014. Tickets are on sale now.

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At Berkeley Rep, writer, actor, comedian, and radio talk-show host Brian Copeland performs the 10th anniversary presentation of his acclaimed production, Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history.

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At Berkeley Rep, writer, actor, comedian, and radio talk-show host Brian Copeland performs the 10th anniversary presentation of his acclaimed production, Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history.

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At Berkeley Rep, writer, actor, comedian, and radio talk-show host Brian Copeland performs the 10th anniversary presentation of his acclaimed production, Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history.

Photo by Joan Marcus

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At Berkeley Rep, writer, actor, comedian, and radio talk-show host Brian Copeland performs the 10th anniversary presentation of his acclaimed production, Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history.

Photo by Joan Marcus

Not a Genuine Black Man press photo

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At Berkeley Rep, writer, actor, comedian, and radio talk-show host Brian Copeland performs the 10th anniversary presentation of his acclaimed production, Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history.

Photo by Joan Marcus

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Who

Written and performed by Brian Copeland
Developed by Brian Copeland and David Ford
Directed by David Ford

What

Berkeley Rep presents Brian Copeland in Not a Genuine Black Man. It’s the show that blew the lid off racism in San Leandro…and made us laugh about it, back for its 10th anniversary. “Very funny,” raved the Chronicle. “Copeland is a winning, magnetic performer. More than that, he’s got an important tale to tell!”

Where

The Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Located in the Arts Passage on Center Street between Shattuck and Milvia—just a block from Berkeley Rep

When

April 23–June 28, 2014

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Cost

$35 or $45 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, contact 510 647–2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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