BEST OF SF SOLO SERIES
Brian Copeland Presents in partnership with Marin Cultural Association, are thrilled to present The Best of San Francisco Solo Series. For the first time ever in Marin County, Brian Copeland will present Six of the Bay Area’s most critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and beloved solo shows for an exclusive run at Marin Center.
Early bird special (July 25-September 15): $198
Full subscription: $258; Senior/student with valid ID: $216.
Note: Due to mature language and themes, this series is recommended for ages 15 and up.
Sunday, October 8, 3pm
MARGA GOMEZ: LATIN STANDARDS
“Latin Standards” is Marga Gomez’s new solo piece about fathers, entertainment, wealth, poverty and café Cubano. Marga revisits the triumphs and demons of her father Willy Chevalier: comedian, producer, songwriter, Café El Pico spokesperson, and a prominent figure in the golden era of New York’s Latino culture. His influence spurred Marga on her journey as a performing artist and micro-manager. It’s a loving, humorous and poignant story of perseverance and creative addiction passed down from immigrant father to lesbian daughter. “Latin Standards” is Marga’s twelfth solo show. It has been presented at the Public Theater in New York, the Brava Theater, the Off Center Festival in Costa Mesa, and The Douglas Morrison Theater’s “One For All Festival.”
Sunday, December 17, 7pm
BRIAN COPELAND: THE JEWELRY BOX
In this hilarious and heartwarming prequel to his hit show "Not a Genuine Black Man," beloved actor-playwright Brian Copeland recounts two memorable weeks in his youth when he took to the "mean streets" of Oakland to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. Rife with references to 1970s Oakland, "The Jewelry Box" follows six-year-old Brian's adventures as he scours the help-wanted ads, applies for jobs and collects bottles, inching his way toward the coveted present, a jewelry box at the Hegenberger White Front store.
Sunday, January 28, 3pm
DON REED: E14th STREET
The first installment in Don Reed’s hilarious coming-of-age trilogy, this Off-Broadway hit invites audiences to 1970s Oakland, when Reed’s stepfather tried to force him to be a straight A, God-fearing teenager – but Reed wanted to be just like dear old Dad. Too bad he didn’t know dear old Dad was a pimp.
Sunday, February 11, 3pm
WILL DURST – BOOMERAGING
The man the New York Times calls “quite possibly, the best political comedian working in the country today,” Will Durst, proudly takes to the road with his acclaimed show that has run for 3 years in the Bay Area. “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” is an uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations, and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. In this rollicking 90-minute monologue, Durst explains why his chronologically gifted brothers and sisters should refuse to grow old in the face of gravity no matter how many times they forget their password retrieval question. It's what happens when acid flashbacks meet dementia. A celebration of the maturation of the Boomer Nation: culminating in an extra, added special treat the Meaning of Life.
Sunday, March 4, 3pm
BRIAN COPELAND: NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN
In 1971, Fair Housing advocates considered San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. CBS aired a special in the situation. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights conducted hearings. The next year, eight-year-old Copeland and his African-American family moved in. In an evening of laughter, tears and sociology, “Not a Genuine Black Man” is a hilarious and insightful look at Bay Area history, and at the ways in which our upbringings make us who we are. “Not a Genuine Black Man” broke records as the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history and brought Copeland critical acclaim as one of the city's most talented and engaging solo performers.
Sunday, April 15, 3pm
JOSH KORNBLUTH: LOVE & TAXES
“Love & Taxes” is a riveting comic tale of seven years of tax avoidance. Josh, a hapless slacker who hasn’t filed his tax returns in seven years, meets Sara, a beautiful public school teacher. When Sara gets pregnant, she insists that they be married by the time their baby is born, but she won’t marry Josh until he solves all his terrible tax problems! As Josh scrambles to get out of his tax mess, his problems only get bigger and bigger, until an unexpected twist. “Love & Taxes” is a middle-aged coming-of-age story -- a tale showing that even those on the fringes of our political and economic system long to become providers. It is also, quite possibly, the first ever pro-tax romantic comedy. Above all, Love & Taxes is the perfect comedy for our troubled political times and now a major motion picture from the Kornbluth Brothers!