Help us help people with depression

$12,986 of $150k goal

Raised by 184 people in 5 months
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.


Taking aim at depression with ‘Waiting Period’ crowdfunding -

Alameda: Copeland's acclaimed 'Waiting Period' comes to Altarena -

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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Update 2
Posted by Brian Copeland
4 months ago

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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Update 1
Posted by Brian Copeland
5 months ago
Well, we're off to a great start with the 2017 THE WAITING PERIOD PROJECT.

Thanks so much for all of your kind contributions! We still have a long way to go. The changes in our national leadership make this project more important than ever as there is no indication that issues of mental health will be a part of the coming agenda.

Please share this campaign and encourage your friends to help me and the Marsh help others.
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$12,986 of $150k goal

Raised by 184 people in 5 months
Created November 14, 2016
Brian Copeland  
Funds raised will benefit:
The Marsh A Breeding Ground for New Performance
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San Francisco, CA
EIN: 943142152
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Thomas Tyler
6 days ago

On behalf of oh-so-many people, thank you for your courageous and inspiring work.

Richard Hart
2 months ago


Kathy Kenslow
2 months ago
David Johnson
2 months ago

In memory of Matthias.

Rich and Gina Kelley
2 months ago
2 months ago
Melissa Goeke
2 months ago
David Burwen
2 months ago
James Cowan
2 months ago

Brian, this is a great thing you're doing.

Jan Elise Sells
2 months ago

Thank you for this important work!!

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