Berkeley, CA-“Cops and Robbers,” “the anti-violence and anti-sex trafficking”
The importance of “The Piper’s” message in “Cops and Robbers” that impacts youth and adults alike, seemed to reverberate even more for the audience after what appeared to be the collision of life and art in the streets of Alameda County as Ferreira was called to the scene of the deadly shooting in San Leandro near Oakland minutes after an officer shot a suspect that was brutally beating a woman (Background story: http://www.contracostatimes.com/
“I’ve seen this play before and it made me feel like I needed to do something to make a difference, said Kym Dixon a digital arts instructor. “Piper’
Friday’s performance of “Cops and Robbers” was a sneak preview of the regular run of the show that will be August 8-September 13 on weekends only at the Marsh Theater to accommodate Ferreira’s work schedule as a law enforcement officer. “Cops and Robbers” co-directed by husband and wife team Ami Zins and Lew Levinson is a revolutionary raw look into the dysfunctional relationship between law enforcement, the media, and the Black community. Dubbed as “the Anna Deveare Smith of Hip Hop,” Piper on beat, on cue, on time weaves seamlessly through 17 characters to defy the stereotypes that come to mind when there is a deadly police shooting. It is a drama for mature audiences. For ticket information click the link: http://themarsh.org/
See news release by Marsh Theater publicist, Carla Befera at http://www.cb-
Co-authoring a book with his wife, educator, Dr. Dawn Williams Ferreira, “Cops and Robbers: Past Present and Future,” Piper released his “three strikes against violence and sex trafficking”
“After growing up in Oakland, witnessing what I have in the jails where I work and rapping internationally, “Cops and Robbers” was written as a way to keep my sanity by hopefully making a real life difference,”
Piper, who has toured internationally with Snoop Dogg and The Black Eyed Peas as a member of the internationally acclaimed Flipsyde, will be in Rio de Janeiro through August 4 to visit family and promote his work. Named after his father, Jinho Ferreira, who served in the Brazilian Army, Piper visits Rio de Janeiro, his father’s birthplace, as often as possible.
In addition to his recently released three part project, Piper is completing a soon to be released album that will be more “mainstream”
Editor’s Note: For interviews with Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira and Dr. Dawn Williams Ferreira while in Brazil, contact San Francisco publicist, Jackie Wright.
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