Help us help people with Depression
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 - SFGate.com
Alameda: Copeland's acclaimed 'Waiting Period' comes to Altarena - InsideBayArea.com
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"
Some are reaching out to ask for help. Some are recognizing the signs of suicidal friends and loved ones from seeing my behavior in the show. Still others are finding the inspiration to initiate conversation about depression and mental illness among their peers in order to help erase the stigma.
We've raised enough through your contributions here and the contributions made directly to the Marsh to continue the free performances through June. After that, we'll have to begin charging folks if we run out of money.
Can I ask another favor? Can you please let your friends and your social media contacts know what we're doing here? Can you send them the link to this campaign and ask them to spend three minutes watching the video?
I appreciate your kindness and generosity more than you will ever know. Together, we're saving lives. There is no nobler cause.
God Bless You,
I'm especially thrilled by the number of parents bringing their teenagers in to see the show...and the conversations the kids are opening up in during the drive home from the theater. We're saving lives!
We have enough money to run the show through April free to the public but we need more help to be able to run if for the whole year. If you haven't made a tax deductible contribution, will you please consider helping us out?
Here it is:
A couple of clarifications. Seating is Open, but we are going to set aside 10 reserved seats per performance for $50-$100. That money is a tax deductible donation that will go into the pot to fund more free performances.
Also, we have funding to do free performances through April 10 at this point. Still fundraising so we can keep it free all year! If. you know a rich philanthropist or company (are you listening Silicon Valley) that needs a tax write off and would like to help, we need to raise another $100k.
Click the link below to reserve your seats. Please pass this information along to any friends or family members you know who struggle with depression or who have live ones struggling. I especially want to reach high school and college aged people.
It's a good day to save lives!
Ill share your campaign if u can share mine, I cannot donate because I need help myself, obviously lol, but I can be humble as well as helpful to others as I ask for help in at least sharing and speading your story around if u can do the same for me thank you and I love what you've got going here. I hope that one day, men would stop abusing women and kids, thats kind of what my campaign is about lol keep it up. Thank you.