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.
Note: Due to mature language and themes, this series is recommended for ages 15 and up.
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
AL LETSON: SUMMER IN SANCTUARY
Every day in America, more than 7,000 students drop out of school. "Summer in Sanctuary" is an autobiographical narrative that chronicles Letson's summer working as a creative writing teacher at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. Letson challenges perceptions about race and class as he struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children of the Sanctuary. With Letson's natural gift for storytelling, "Summer in Sanctuary" opens the dialogue on America's dropout epidemic, while sharing the intimate story of a man's attempt to make a difference in the lives of a group of high-risk kids. Told through monologue, poetry, song, and sound-rich reporting, "Summer in Sanctuary" takes listeners beyond the statistics to reveal the unseen challenges and complexities facing students in communities across the country.
"Letson is in masterful command of his audience."
—San Francisco Chronicle