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Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon in THE GREAT AMERICAN SHIT SHOW
San Leandro Community Library Center - Carnegie Lecture Hall
San Leandro, CA
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Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon in THE GREAT AMERICAN SHIT SHOW
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the Great American Shit Show. Both you and Charlie were in rare formit was much needed catharsisfinally someone saying all the things we have been feeling during the shit show. Audience Member
Show Description

Brian Copeland (NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN, WAITING PERIOD) and Charlie Varon (RUSH LIMBAUGH IN NIGHT SCHOOL, RABBI SAM) join forces to present new monologues on life in the Age of Trump for one performance only in THE GREAT AMERICAN SHIT SHOW.

Join us for an evening of laughing but more importantly, for an evening of THINKING as we explore how to deal with a family member whos all in for the Donald when youre not, trying to turn red congressional seats blue in the Central Valley, #MeToo and more.


Artist Biographies

BRIAN COPELAND has been in show business since age 18. Soon he was headlining comedy clubs and concerts across the country and opening for Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, and Aretha Franklin, in venues across the U.S. Then Copeland branched off into TV, appearing in comedy programs on NBC, A&E and MTV. He spent five years as co-host of SF FOX affiliate KTVU program Mornings on 2 and two years hosting SF ABC affiliate KGOs Emmy Award winning afternoon talker 7Live. (who later premiered THE BRIAN COPELAND SHOW). Copeland moved into theater in 2004 with his first solo play, NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN. This critically acclaimed exploration of race and identity created an audience-pleasing blend of laughter, tears and sociology that led to the show becoming the longest running solo play in SF theatrical history. Successful runs in LA and Off Broadway and a bestselling book adaptation followed. His other solo plays include THE WAITING PERIOD(Theater Bay Area Award OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A SOLO PLAY 2015), THE SCION (KQED Best New Play of 2014) and the acclaimed Christmas show THE JEWELRY BOX.

CHARLIE VARON is an artist-in-residence at The Marsh Theater in San Francisco. He has collaborated with Dan Hoyle on his solo shows Circumnavigator, Tings Dey Happen and The Real Americans. As playwright/performer, Varons award-winning shows  all created in collaboration with David Ford include Rush Limbaugh in Night School (1994), The Peoples Violin (2000), and Rabbi Sam (2009) which have had long runs at The Marsh and toured the country.

DAVID FORD (Director)has been collaborating on new and unusual theater for three decades and has been associated with The Marsh for most of that time. The San Francisco press has variously called him "the solo performer maven," "the monologue maestro," "the dean of solo performance," and "the solo performer's best friend." Collaborators include Geoff Hoyle, Echo Brown, Brian Copeland, Charlie Varon, Marilyn Pittman, Rebecca Fisher, Wayne Harris, and Marga Gomez. As a director, Ford has directed both solo and ensemble work regionally at The Public Theater, Second Stage, Theatre for the New City (NY), Highways (LA) and Woolly Mammoth (Washington, DC) as well as at theaters around the Bay Area including Magic Theatre and Marin Theatre Company. He is also a published playwright.


San Leandro Community Library Center - Carnegie Lecture Hall (View)
300 Estudillo Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577
United States




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