Copeland's Not a Genuine Black Man Begins Previews May 9

Not a Genuine Black Man, a new play written and performed by Brian Copeland, will open Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15th St., on Wednesday, May 15th, with previews starting on Tuesday, May 9th.

Presented by Daryl Roth, Not a Genuine Black Man is a solo show which tells the story of Copeland's African-American family moving to one of the most exclusively white suburbs in America. The show will be directed by Bob Balaban, and comes to New York from acclaimed engagements in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

"Copland, a well known disc jockey in San Francisco, uses childhood memories which provide a first-hand account of segregation in suburban California. As an 8 year old child, his family moved to San Leandro, an enclave that was 99.4% white and considered one of the country's most racist suburbs. He survived an embattled childhood making for the aching heart of the play," according to press notes.

Balaban produced and directed The Exonerated off-Broadway as well as the national tour and film versions. He is currently represented off-Broadway with Family Secrets. He produced the film Gosford Park, "Celebrity Charades" on AMC, wrote a series of best-selling children's books called McGrowl and has, as an actor, appeared in numerous Broadway, off-Broadway and film productions including Capote and Bart Freundlich's new film Trust the Man with Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup.

The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM; Saturdays at 4 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM. Tickets are priced at $65. For information and tickets, call at 212 239-6200.

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