Help us help people with depression

$30,474 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 330 people in 5 months
The Marsh in San Francisco and Brian Copeland are trying to raise $75,000 so that they can present Brian's show "The Waiting Period" weekly for one year (2018) 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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We are currently $1071 away from funding this life saving program through the summer. Looking for 11 $100 tax deductible contributions today...
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We are only $1456 away from being able to continue this valuable, life saving work through the summer. Can you, your employer and/or your business help us out with a tax deductible contribution today?
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We are about $1900 from being able to continue this program free to public through the summer.

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I received the following email last week:

“Dear Mr. Copeland,

I attended your free January performance of “The Waiting Period.” I don't have depression issues but I had heard and read good things about the play and wanted to see it. My 16 year old daughter Denise (a self professed “theater nerd”) joined me for a Girls' Sunday. We laughed at your descriptions of the gun store and the surfer dude owner, but when you got to the part about the girl who cuts herself, Denise got very uncomfortable.

When we got home, I asked Denise what was bothering her. She said, “Don't freak out mom,” and pulled up her skirt to show me her legs. Her right upper thigh was all scars and scabs. She said that she had been cutting herself for about eight months. She said it was something she did when she was stressed and anxious. She's now in counseling to deal with it. I go with her. Apparently, I'm the reason for some of that stress.

If it hadn't been for “The Waiting Period” and your admonition to “Tell somebody” how you're feeling, I wouldn't have known that Denise was mutilating herself. Thank you for bearing your soul and thank the Marsh for this amazing gift to the community.”

We're almost out of money. We've only raised enough to keep the project going for another month. We want to keep presenting these shows for free so that they can be seen by the people who most need to see them. Please make a tax deductible contribution to our GoFundMe campaign here:

I'm going to do a special shout out to businesses. If you own a business, would you consider making a tax deductible gift on its behalf? It you work for a business or corporation, would you please do us a favor and ask the powers that be to help us to continue helping others by making a tax deductible gift? We'd appreciate anything they can do. So will those we're able to help.
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$30,474 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 330 people in 5 months
Funds raised will benefit:
The Marsh: A Breeding Ground for New Performance
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San Francisco, CA
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