“The Piper” Plays “Cops and Robbers”

Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira of Oakland music group Flipsyde goes solo with a one-man play,  “Cops and Robbers,” 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 at Malonga Casquelourd Center, 1428 Alice St. in Oakland. Ferreira takes all sides of many difficult issues and plays all the characters to fashion a play drawing on his day job in law enforcement, growing up in Oakland and being a well-known rap artist. Ferreira is a rapper, actor, screenwriter, 2010 graduate of a Bay Area law enforcement academy and now a playwright. He has toured internationally with The Black-eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Busta Rhymes, and others as one-third of “Flipsyde,” an alternative Hip-Hop band. According to reviewer, filmmaker and educator Beli Sullivan, “Ferreira’s performance was so honest and real and the story was so tight and cleverly woven, that watching this stage piece was more like watching a film. “Each chapter or character cut effortlessly to the next while interlacing information and detail that built a story so gut-wrenching and shockingly vivid that when it was over some men and women in the audience broke into tears. “ Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or (800) 838-3006 .
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