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Brian Copeland
for The Marsh: A Breeding Ground for New Performance
The Marsh in San Francisco and Brian Copeland are trying to raise $150,000 so that they can present Brian's show "The Waiting Period" weekly for one year (2017) free of charge to the public.

The reason is that the show has literally saved lives by getting people to seek help. Suicidal people have changed their minds and reached out after seeing the show.

We want young people in high school and college who can't afford to the $30 to $100 to have access to the show and its message, which is "You're not alone. If you're struggling, Tell Someone."

The Marsh is a registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

About "The Waiting Period"

This show is an unrelenting look at a ten-day period in Copeland’s life—the mandatory ten-day waiting period before he could lay his hands on the newly purchased gun with which he planned to take his own life. Even in the midst of this tragedy, however, his wonderful sense of the comedy of life does not desert him (how much should he spend on the gun?), indeed serves him insidiously well as a buffer against the grim reality of his intention. Copeland hopes this very personal, and ultimately redemptive, story will reach people who struggle with depression—often called the last stigmatized disease—as well as their families and loved ones. Interspersed with interviews with other sufferers, the play also offers outsiders an insider’s view, thereby expanding our understanding and, hopefully, our humanity. As critic Sam Hurwitt put it in The Idiolect: “It’s 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, it’s such a strong piece that I’d recommend it just as heartily to anyone who’s ever been human.”

About Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland has been in show business since he first stepped on the comedy stage at the tender age of 18. Soon he was headlining clubs and concerts across the country and opening for such artists as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, and the Queen of soul Aretha Franklin, in venues from The Universal Amphitheater to Constitution Hall in Washington DC. Soon, Copeland branched off into television, appearing on comedy programs on NBC, A&E and MTV. He spent five years as co-host of San Francisco FOX affiliate KTVU breakfast program "Mornings on 2" and two years hosting San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO’s Emmy Award winning afternoon talker "7Live."

In 1995, ABC affiliate KGO Radio premiered “The Brian Copeland Show.” Its unique mix of talk and entertainment soon made it the most listened to program in its time slot. Copeland branched out 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 San Francisco theatrical history. Successful runs in Los Angeles and Off Broadway and a bestselling book adaptation followed. "Genuine" has been performed in over 30 cities across America.


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Combating Depression with a Year of Free Theater - KQED Arts

After Robin Williams’s Suicide, Brian Copeland Revives His Show About Depression - Newsweek Magazine

Robert Hurwitt's San Francisco Chronicle review of "The Waiting Period"

Sam Hurwitt's The Idiolect review of "The Waiting Period"

Chad Jones' TheaterDogs review of "The Waiting Period"
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Exciting news!

I’ve published a novella based on THE WAITING PERIOD. I want as many people who are struggling to read it as possible so I’m offering it to the public for FREE. All they pay is shipping. I’m also offering an opportunity to stream the play. Revenue from this will help me continue to present it for free at the Marsh as well as take it to high schools and colleges.

Check it out here:

Please do me a favor and SHARE this link with someone you think needs to hear my message which is, you aren’t alone. If you’re hurting TELL SOMEONE.

Thanks for your kind support.

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I heard the most powerful story on Sunday. I went to see a play and one of the ushers pulled me aside to tell me that she had taken a girlfriend to one of the free performances of THE WAITING PERIOD.

Apparently the next day, her teenage son put on a suit and tie and headed to San Francisco. Something about the way he left the house didn't seem right. As I said, she had just seen WAITING and it had "stayed" with her.

She tracked the young man down in the city...before he reached the Golden Gate Bridge where he had planned to jump.


He's ok now. He's worked through his stuff and is hanging in there.


I appreciate all of the contributions over the last week. They will help A LOT. If we can raise another $10,000 that will enable me to do the show free to the public through November. We'll take Christmas off and start up again in January.

If you have already donated recently, thank you. If you haven't, if you could make a tax deductible contribution today, I would be forever grateful. So would the people who's lives you save.

Thanks so much for helping me help others. We're doing good things together!

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A Message from Brian Copeland: "We're out of money."

Twenty months, I partnered with the Marsh on a very special project. We wanted to present my solo play on surviving suicidal depression to the public free of charge every Sunday.

In America, we have an epidemic of depression and suicide, especially among our young people. Depression is the last stigmatized disease in our society. Literally millions of people in America suffer in silence. Too often, we find out exactly how much pain they're in when their bodies are discovered.

I decided to share the story of my 2008 suicidal bout with the disease in the hope that I might help some people and contribute to the discussion that will eventually destigmatizes it. I have been successful beyond my wildest dreams.

Here is a portion of an email I received just this week:

"My very good
friend who continually struggles with depression went to see THE WAITING PERIOD on my
recommendation and was so happy to feel that someone "got her", she took
her adult son & daughter (one of whom also struggles with depression) so
they could get help in understanding her. She told me it was not only
awesome, but it opened a dialogue between her and her children about how
and why she is sometimes "unavailable"…. "

I've received dozens of communications like this over the last 20 months from the Iraq war vet who was encouraged by my story to seek help to the man who recognized his brother in my tale and was able to prevent his planned suicide that very week!

The Marsh and I would like to continue this important and valuable work, but we've run out of money. The Marsh is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. It cannot afford to simply let me have the space gratis every Sunday. If I'm not there, another show needs to be bringing in revenue to keep the lights on.

We currently have enough money to keep the show going for free for only two more performances on August 6 and 13. We'd like to keep going, but we can't without your help.

Can you please make a tax deductible contribution to our GoFundMe campaign today? I'm going to ask you for a $100 contribution. If you can't afford that, please give what you can. If you can afford more, every penny helps and we'll be eternally grateful, as will the families of those whose lives you save.

Please help us out and then, once you've made your contribution, please share this email with your friends and family and post it on your social media accounts. Again, we need all the help that you can give us. And we need it TODAY.

Here's the link to help:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Brian Copeland
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Happy Holidays!

I hope that you and your family have been able to experience all of the joy and wonder of the holiday season. I'm very fortunate that I can say that the Copeland household has been blessed this year with love, laughter and good health, both physical and mental. Unfortunately, lots of people among us aren't able to say that.

Throughout 2016, I've worked with the Marsh in San Francisco to provide THE WAITING PERIOD, my play on depression free of charge to the public. Through the generous support of people like you, thousands of people have walked with me through my 75 minute journey from despair to redemption presented in the show. THE WAITING PERIOD PROJECT has had the desired effect in that it has literally saved lives. It's also brought families a deeper understanding of what goes on in the mind of their loved one who suffers from the scourge of mental illness.

The Marsh and I want to continue this project in 2017, but we need your help. To date, 67 kind souls have contribute enough for us to get started, but we're nowhere near where we have to be in tax deductible gifts and contributions to continue this important work into the new year.

Will you please take a look at this short video and consider helping us out? As I mentioned, the Marsh is a registered 501c3 nonprofit and all contributions are 100% tax deductible. Won't you please help us?

Here's the link:

Thanks for your consideration.

Brian Copeland

"Never put a period where God has placed a comma."
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Ralph Kearns
3 months ago

Hello, I was trying to make this semi-private, but oh, well. I cannot find the notice of my donation for 2017. How do I retrieve it. I got the one for the year before. Thank you.

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Leigh Gibson
6 months ago

Sincerely appreciate your work for this cause. Hope one day I can see this video.

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$25,523 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 349 people in 19 months
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Created November 14, 2016
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6 months ago
Donn Levine
6 months ago

The world is a lot brighter with you in it, Brian. I love your plays, radio show, your deep thinking and how you integrate humor into all of it. Congrats!

Jennie Gisslow
7 months ago

Congratulations on the book Brian and all the work you are doing to help those who suffer in silence.

Radha Stern
7 months ago

Keep up the great work Brian!

7 months ago
Ralph Kearns
3 months ago

Hello, I was trying to make this semi-private, but oh, well. I cannot find the notice of my donation for 2017. How do I retrieve it. I got the one for the year before. Thank you.

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Leigh Gibson
6 months ago

Sincerely appreciate your work for this cause. Hope one day I can see this video.

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