Brian Copeland’s “The Jewelry Box” Shows at The Marsh

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Actor, comedian, writer, and radio talk show host Brian Copeland comes back to the stage this holiday season with an entertaining and humorous one-man show on finding the perfect gift for Christmas in his play “The Jewelry Box.”

Showing at The Marsh in San Francisco through Dec. 27, the show is a prequel to Copeland’s “Not A Genuine Black Man,” which is based on his childhood growing up in San Leandro in the 1970’s.

“The Jewelry Box” introduces audiences to 6-year old Copeland as he tries to find a Christmas present for his mom. Growing up in East Oakland at the time, he decides on an $11.97 jewelry box that he finds in the White Front store and is determined as he figures out different ways to earn the money by Christmas Eve.

The show first opened last year to standing ovations. Directed by David Ford who has previously worked with Copeland on “Not A Genuine Black Man” and “The Waiting Period,” this family friendly show is a “sweet story” and definitely a tearjerker, Copeland said.

Blending drama and comedy, it makes many references to landmarks in Oakland during the 1970’s such as the White Front store.

“It’s telling a story and being truthful about what my surroundings were at the time,” said Copeland. “The people I encounter and the flavor of the people in the neighborhood.”

Copeland started his career in show business at the age of 18 as a comedian, and has aspired to perform on several stages and host many TV and radio shows since.

Having written and performed a number of plays including “The Scion,” Copeland said each one stands on its own. He wrote “The Jewelry Box” over a weekend telling a genuine story of family and African American identity.

“This is my favorite show to perform,” Copeland said. “The drama and comedy complement each other.”

The writer looks forward to doing a new play every year, with his next story on single parents.

“The Jewelry Box” is showing at The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. in San Francisco, until Dec. 27 – Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Visit www.themarsh.org to purchase tickets.

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