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Flipsyde's "The Piper" "Cops and Robbers" Life Imitating Art?

Before the sneak preview at the Marsh Theater of Piper's "Cops and Robbers" play, his law enforcement unit, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department was in the headlines as an officer killed a suspect in a domestic violence incident.

"Cops and Robbers" at the Marsh Theater Berkeley, August 8-September 13.
"Cops and Robbers" at the Marsh Theater Berkeley, August 8-September 13.
SAN FRANCISCO - July 23, 2014 - PRLog -- Standing Ovation at “Cops and Robbers” Sneak Preview at Marsh Theater In Berkeley in Aftermath of Officer Involved Shooting

Berkeley, CA
-“Cops and Robbers,” “the anti-violence and anti-sex trafficking” play about an “officer involved shooting” written and performed by rapper, songwriter, award-winning screenwriter, author, Alameda County Sheriff Officer, Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira of Flipsyde, received a standing ovation at the Marsh Theater in Berkeley last Friday, one day after the deadly shooting involving an Alameda County Sheriff officer.

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/news/ci_26169682/san-lean....

“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’s play brings alive so many issues and the recent tragic news makes me want to be a part of the solution even more.”

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/cops_and_robbers/jinho-the-piper-ferr...

See news release by Marsh Theater publicist, Carla Befera at http://www.cb-pr.com/press/pdfs/Cops%20and%20Robbers%20Re...

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” in May as the book, a CD of the Play and an EP with single “Believe” were released.  “Believe” debuted at the San Francisco Black Film Festival (www.sfbff.org) in June at Dolby Laboratories during the screening of “Last Song Before War” hosted by the Maison Revolution (www.MaisonNCA.org).  It was also featured at the 2014 California Music Industry Summit (www.cmisummit.com).

“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,” said Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira.  “I hope my art inspires others to take action and not just sit, watch, and listen.”  The play has been performed most recently in jails as drama therapy for inmates and at youth conferences.

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” than his mostly alternative Hip Hop genre.  Stay tuned.


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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"Believe" Cops and Robbers' EP


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Industry:Arts, Entertainment
Tags:Piper, Jinho Ferreira, Dawn Williams Ferreira, Ami Zins, Lew Levinson
Last Updated:Jul 23, 2014
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