Black When I Was A Boy Part I

Rate this Show

Votes 19

Average Score

black when I was a boy square

Company Name: Sage Black Productions

City/State: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Spoken Word, Storyteller, Theatre

Ratings: G - Suitable for All Audiences

Playwright: Cooper Bates


Venue: The Black Box

Show Times:

Fri, 7/21   5:30 PM
Sat, 7/22   4:00 PM

Look for the special ticket pack of both shows for $20

See Black When I Was A Boy Part II: Blacked Out
Fri, 7/21   8:30 PM
Sat, 7/22   7:00 PM
Sun, 7/23   2:30 PM
Tues, 7/25  7:00 PM


"A moving, humorous look at a complex and powerful coming of age story, featuring the
recollections of - Frankie Bates - emerging from childhood. Bates grows into a teenager in 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."


Cooper Bates

Past Fringe Shows:

Hollywood Fringe Solo Fest Asheville Fringe Charm City Fringe 36p Festival Last Frontier Festival. Special Guest Performer - Cyrano’s Theatre Company Anchorage Alaska and Seattle Fringe.

Leave a Review


  1. Steve Sitton on July 22, 2023 at 5:18 pm

    Great show! Really great show! I will definitely be back for part II.

    • Alice on July 22, 2023 at 5:42 pm

      So amazing and heartbreaking to know “Frankie” went thru this. As a classmate I had no idea. You were always one of my favorite people. This show is amazing! Must see

  2. Tanya Parr on July 22, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    Growing up in Hill City, I was aware that some people were racist, but I never thought about how this affected kids. It was delightfully funny and devastatingly sad to see what our friend went through. I have food for thought for a while to come.

  3. Paris on July 22, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    A very well written and well performed show with both laugh out loud and touching moments. It’s a show that EVERYONE should see to get a glimpse into what it is like growing up as a black man in a white America. Five stars!!!

  4. Teresa on July 22, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    Great show!

  5. Andi McM on July 22, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    A few technical quirks to work out, but I never blame the performer for that. Some performance jitters at the start, maybe? But by the second segment Cooper seemed to break through and fully embody the various characters he talks about. Altogether good show, and looking forward to hearing Part II tomorrow!

  6. Lonnie on July 23, 2023 at 9:12 am

    A well performed show for such a a heavy topic. I’m glad Cooper shared his story because it is so easy to forget the racism and discrimination heaped upon innocent children. This show is a must see!

  7. Tracey on July 23, 2023 at 11:41 am

    Cooper did an amazing job, exposing racial inequality, bullying and shaming. He shared with the audience his personal experiences of growing up black in an all white town. It was funny and eye-opening. Fantastic job! Definitely an actor to bring back to kcfringe.

  8. Kelsey on July 23, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    I am so glad I went to see this show! Thank you for adding it in!!

  9. Sherri on July 24, 2023 at 6:36 am

    …riveting & personal! Funny & heartbreaking! Hurtful & empowering! Immediately relatable, interesting & grippingly entertaining w/ a very impactful message. Well done!!!

Leave a Comment


Want More Fringe?
Sign up for our Newsletter!

Newsletter Sign Up


P.O. Box 415001
Kansas City, MO 64141-5001