COMING TO MARIN CENTER!

SIX of the Bay Area's most critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and beloved solo shows from the Marsh, San Francisco Fringe Festival, and Berkeley Rep are coming to the Marin Center!

Note: Due to mature language and themes, this series is recommended for ages 15 and up.

Tickets will go on sale shortly at MarinCenter.org or by calling 415-473-6800.
Subscription series ONLY. Individual show tickets will not be available.

All shows will be held at 7 PM at the Marin Center in San Rafael.
Questions? Contact info@bestofsfsolo.com

 

THE SHOWS:

Irma HerreraIRMA HERRERA: WHY WOULD I MISPRONOUNCE MY OWN NAME?
October 13, 2019

What's in a name? A minefield of misplaced notions—comical, sad, demeaning. Hearing Irma Herrera gives her name its correct Spanish pronunciation leads people to make all sorts of assumptions about her. Irma's observations from the front-lines, notes from American history, and laugh out-loud humor allow us to consider what it will take for all of us to get along. "Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?" sheds light and throws shade on ALL our prejudices.

"Wonderful stories... heartfelt and spread the understanding we sorely need today.”
Theatrius

"Speaks volumes about the ingrained power structures in American society."
San Jose Mercury News

 

Diane BarnesDIANE BARNES: MY STROKE OF LUCK
Nov. 10, 2019

Diane wakes up alone. The place looks hauntingly familiar. But she expected to be dead. Where am I? she wonders. It’s not the hospital. Is it home? But if this is my home, where are my children?

A spellbinding and funny look at love, family and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. "My Stroke of Luck" is the story of a single adoptive mother of special needs and gifted sons, a practicing physician, who forges a new identity after a debilitating stroke.

"Poignant... deeply moving... her stage presence glows with her personal warmth."
—George Himont, Huffington Post

"'My Stroke of Luck' is a riveting, tense, and touching story of a single mother grappling with no longer being able to take care of yourself, much less her two sons."
—Sam Hurwitt, Marin Independent Journal

 

Jewelry BoxBRIAN COPELAND: THE JEWELRY BOX
December 1, 2019

In this hilarious and heartwarming prequel to his hit show "Not a Genuine Black Man," beloved actor-playwright Brian Copeland recounts two memorable weeks in his youth when he took to the "mean streets" of Oakland to buy his mom the perfect Christmas gift. Rife with references to 1970s Oakland, "The Jewelry Box" follows six-year-old Brian's adventures as he scours the help-wanted ads, applies for jobs and collects bottles, inching his way toward the coveted present, a jewelry box at the Hegenberger White Front store.

"Destined to be a holiday classic!"
SF Examiner

"'The Jewelry Box' is a gift in itself... it glitters with bright comedy, sharply observed local color and deftly drawn characters as well as genuine warmth."
San Francisco Chronicle

 

Marga GomezMARGA GOMEZ: NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER
January 26, 2020

Forever young Marga Gomez spills the beans on vanity and aging in her critically acclaimed comedy. "Not Getting Any Younger" weaves zany vignettes with Gomez's signature blend of storytelling, social commentary and captivating characterizations; from childhood nemesis Crazy Lisa, to Chubby Checker, to a whacked millennial. In an energetic and upbeat 80 minutes, Marga shows how even an outspoken lesbian can find herself in the closet for women of a certain age. Will she come out?

Highest rating! "A wild mix of childhood memory, social satire, reflections on aging, denial of same, confession, evasion and laugh riot."
—Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

 

Steve BuddSTEVE BUDD: WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT LOVE
February 23, 2020

Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can't—tie the knot, that is. So he asked a bunch of couples what brought them together and keeps them from pulling apart. Meet a New Age couple who swears they met before they met, a pair of metalheads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06, and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love and, in some cases, find it. Best of the 2016 SF Fringe Fest. 2018 TBA Outstanding Solo Production Nominee.

"A hilarious take on how people fall in love."
East Bay Express

"...funny, poignant, thoughtful, and revealing about the search for love...an amazing performance."
—TalkinBroadway.com

 

Brian CopelandBRIAN COPELAND: GRANDMA & ME
March 1, 2020

In Brian Copeland's highly anticipated new play, he examines the issue single parenting through a very personal story. 

In 1979, Brian's mother died suddenly, leaving behind five children for his 57-year-old grandmother to raise alone. Twenty-two years later, Brian finds himself in the same predicament when the end of a marriage leaves him alone with his three kids. Through laughter and tears, he compares and contrasts the trials of single parenting in the 1970s and the dawn of the 21st century as he tries to answer the question... What does it truly mean to be a father?

 

Tickets will go on sale soon at MarinCenter.org or by calling 415-473-6800.

 

© Brian Copeland.