Cultural Services

For Immediate Release
September 22, 2015

Armistead Maupin and Brian Copeland

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2015


San Rafael, CAMarin Center presents a new series of performances in the Showcase Theater featuring two Bay Area luminaries, Armistead Maupin and Brian Copeland.


Sunday, October 25, 7 pm

Armistead Maupin’s Logical Family

$50, $40, $65 pre-show meet & greet / Showcase Theater      

Post show book signing in partnership with Book Passage


Celebrated and revered author Armistead Maupin presents his newest work “Logical Family” for a special performance at Marin Center. In this witty and poignant new stage presentation Maupin turns a keen eye on his own youthful (and stumbling) search for family, love and authenticity. It’s a tale that leads from a repressive boyhood in North Carolina to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam to a new life and sexual salvation in 1970’s San Francisco. Funny, witty and wise, “Logical Family” embodies the qualities that have already endeared Maupin to generations of readers.


Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam.


He worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 1976 he launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Maupin is the author of nine novels, including the six-volume Tales of the City series, Maybe the MoonThe Night Listener and Michael Tolliver Lives. Three miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.


Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.



Friday, November 6, 8 pm                                          

Brian Copeland’s The Scion

$45 / Showcase Theater


THE SCION (KQED’s Best New San Francisco Play of 2014) looks at the role of privilege in society through the case study of Stuart Alexander, the 4th generation owner of San Leandro’s Santos Linguisa Factory who in 2000 videotaped himself murdering three meat inspectors because he believed that the rules didn’t apply to him. With his trademark humor and pathos, Copeland explores how we decide who’s dangerous in society.


Friday, November 13, 8 pm

Brian Copeland’s The Jewelry Box

$45 / Showcase Theater


In his third solo play, Brian Copeland takes us back to East Oakland of Christmas 1970 when, as a six year old he wanted to buy his mother the perfect gift...a jewelry box from the White Front store on Hegenberger Road. The astronomical price of the gift ($11.97) sends the child on a quest to raise the needed funds by Christmas Eve. The journey through a gentler Oakland teaches the child (and all of us) about the true meaning of Christmas.

About Brian Copeland

The multitalented comedian, writer, television host, talk radio host and commentator has basked in the glow of both public and critical acclaim for nearly a decade.


Copeland’s incisive, cutting-edge standup comedy material won him San Francisco’s prestigious Cabaret Gold Award as well as top prize in the Monterey Laugh Off. His unique ability to hilariously cut to the heart of some of our most serious social and political problems has earned him spots as the opening act for such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Al Jarreau, Ringo Starr, Dana Carvey, Kevin Pollack, and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few.

His quick wit and probing interview style earned him a position as co-host of San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU’s Mornings on 2. His biting social commentary segment Copeland’s Corner appeared daily on KTVU’s Noon News prompting San Francisco Examiner columnist Rob Morse to call Copeland ‘the best commentator on television.’ This distinction led to a weekly national segment on NBC’s long-running late night show The World According to Copeland.

Copeland’s work on television and stage soon caught the attention of San Francisco ABC radio affiliate KGO, which premiered The Brian Copeland Show in 1995. It remains the most listened to program in its time slot reaching over 100,000 listeners.

In addition to his work in broadcasting and on the comedy stage, Copeland is a serious writer with articles appearing in national newspapers and magazines.

A single father, Copeland lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his children Adam, Carolyn and Casey.

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Marin Centerperformances have delighted Bay Area audiences for over 26 years. The 2015-16 season will once again spotlight acclaimed and celebrated entertainment from around the world. As the major performing arts, events center, and fairgrounds in Marin County, Marin Center serves the community by presenting and expanding a variety of multi-cultural theater presentations, affordable rental venues, and professional expertise. Bringing art, music, dance, and performance of all kinds to audiences around the Bay, attendees also enjoy visiting the beautiful Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium inspired by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.


Gabriella C. Calicchio

County of Marin

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903