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DATES:
March 29 - April 14, 2024

TIMES:
Thursday - Friday - Saturday @ 7pm
Sunday @ 3pm

LOCATION:
Cyrano's Theatre
3800 Debarr Road
Anchorage, AK

Award winning playwright and performer, Cooper Bates brings a fascinating and powerful coming-of-age story of his life to Cyrano’s for two more weeks.

 Cyrano’s Theatre presents Black Out, Cooper Bates’ one-man sequel to Black When I Was A Boy. Watch as Bates’ unyielding spirit is tested to its limits in an honest, moving, and even humorous look at the wellspring of inner strength that refuses to be extinguished. Tickets are $30 and $27 and are available through Centertix and Cyrano's, www.cyranos.org. Get a Season 2024 Flexpass and join us for new plays at Cyrano’s with Black Out!

 What audiences are saying about Black Out

 "Black Out" is a must-see. The solo actor (and playwright) is amazing, and his poignant messages are direct and indirect, and he's fun to watch, too!"

 "We’re fortunate to have brave and talented artists like actor/playwright, Cooper Bates, come to Anchorage to share their talents and stories.”

 Join us for a post-show discussion with Cooper after the performance on Sunday, April 7th. Audiences will get to meet Cooper, ask questions, and discuss the show!

PART I
Black When I Was A Boy, is a an honest, moving, humorous look at a complex and powerful coming of age story, featuring the recollections of - Frankie Bates -  emerging from childhood.  As Bates grows into a teenager on the streets of Hill City, Kansas  ( pop 1,700) in the 70’s and 80’s in a mostly white community, his friends explore and stretch their understanding of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, he himself is tasked with developing tools for survival. Ultimately, a life threatening encounter with a band of rednecks and a couple of heroic cowboys change his perception on life forever.

PART II
Frankie Bates arrives in Dallas, Texas from a small town with big ambitions and his eyes set on making it in the entertainment industry. Shortly after arriving, he is introduced to Mr. Pope, a mid-level, out-of-the-box-thinking businessman and shepherd of young talent. While Pope grooms and imparts wisdom to the young Kansas native, everything goes well for the two until it begins to go very wrong. Bad advice followed by an even worse choice changes the lives of both men, leading to the total devastation of their relationship and leaving Frankie at odds with the value of his life.

BLACK WHEN I WAS A BOY - BLACKED OUT: PART II

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Black When I Was a Boy

Starring Glendora Hall

"Why aren't you picking on Frankie, he's black, just like me?"

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Trigger Warning!

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As much as we don't want to give away any 'spoilers', we recognize that this play (Black When I Was A Boy) can cause distress or trigger challenging emotions for some of our audience members. Please contact info@blackwhenIwasaboy.com before you book if there are themes that are particularly upsetting to you and you want to discuss the production further.Recommended for ages 13+. Includes sensitive subject matter including reference to sex, violence, and rape.
 
The dialogue in "Blacked Out" approaches the language and situation artfully and conscientiously as possible. Specific trigger warning: not just sexual content, but specifically sexual VIOLENCE is discussed/described in this one. If you’re particularly sensitive to the subject, this might be one to skip.

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