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Brian Copeland's The Waiting Period
El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater (El Cerrito, CA United States)
El Cerrito, CA
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On Saturday, October 12th, Albany Library presents Brian Copeland in another outstanding piece, The Waiting Period. This work is the 2015 winner of the Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Production of a Solo Play. It is created and delivered by Brian Copeland and directed by David Ford.

Show Description
The play focuses on the 10-day waiting period before one receives a permit to buy a gun. Copeland has decided he wants to commit suicide, and he has chosen a gun for this purpose. The play demonstrates "the signs" a friend, family member, or colleague should watch for if an intervention is necessary.  It is an extraordinarily powerful piece, which gives an insiders view of the challenges one faces when battling a mental illness. The play entertains the audience while educating them at the same time.  As critic Sam Hurwitt put it in The Idiolect: Its a play I'd strongly recommend to anyone who is now or has ever been depressed or who knows someone in that situation. But honestly, its such a strong piece that I'd recommend it just as heartily to anyone who's ever been human." A play attendee said, "Until last night I never really realized I was suffering from depression and I needed to talk to someone. I called and made an appointment this morning to talk to a doctor... It was like a weight being lifted off my back...the show made a difference in my life... it was life changing." P.N. from Los Positas College

Artist Biography
Brian Copeland's incisive, cutting-edge standup comedy material won him San Francisco's prestigious Cabaret Gold Award as well as top prize in the Monterey Laugh Off. His ability to cut to the heart of some of our most serious social and political problems has earned him spots as the opening act for such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer, Al Jarreau, Ringo Starr, Manhattan Transfer, Steve Allen, Dana Carvey, Rick Springfield, Lionel Richie, Lou Rawls, George Benson, Patti LaBelle, Etta James, Gregory Hines, The Righteous Brothers, The Temptations, and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. He has appeared at clubs, colleges, and concert halls across America.

Copeland's quick wit and probing interview style earned him a five-year position as co-host of San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU's top rated breakfast program Mornings on 2 where he did everything from man-on-the-street comedy bits to chatting up stars such as Dustin Hoffman and Garth Brooks. This led to a weekly national segment on NBC's long-running late night show Friday Night called The World According to Copeland.

In 1994, San Francisco ABC radio affiliate KGO premiered The Brian Copeland Show. In addition, he was the host of the talk show 7Live every weekday afternoon on ABC Channel 7. A serious writer, Copeland's articles have appeared in national newspapers and magazines. For more information on Copeland, please visit his website at


*** Because this is a free performance, some people reserve seats and later decide not to attend. When this happens, it takes away a seat from someone who is in despair and desperately needs to hear the message of this play. It is for that reason that we ask that you PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE ANY SEAT FOR THIS PLAY THAT YOU ARE NOT 100% CERTAIN THAT YOU WILL FILL.

**** If cancellation become necessary, then please contact the Library 24 hours before the performance at 1-510-284-0601.

***** Event seating starts 45 minutes (12:15 PM) before the performance. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before show time at 1 PM. Seating is not guaranteed after this time.

****** Show Duration: 75 minutes with no intermission. Due to mature language and topic this show is not recommended for children under the age of 14.

This event is sponsored by the Albany Library and Friends of the Albany Library,  but will be held at El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito, CA.
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El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater (El Cerrito, CA United States) (View)
540 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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