Black When I Was a Boy Part II Blacked Out

By Sage Black Productions

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Asheville Fringe 2023

Company Name: Sage Black Productions

City/State: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Spoken Word, Variety

Ratings: PG - Parental Guidance Suggested

Warnings: Sexual content

Venue: The Black Box

Show Times:

Fri, 7/21   8:30 PM
Sat, 7/22   7:00 PM
Sun, 7/23   2:30 PM
Tues, 7/25  7:00 PM

Look for the special ticket pack of both shows for $20
Also see Black When I Was A Boy Part I
Fri, 7/21   5:30 PM
Sat, 7/22   4:00 PM


In this solo show, Frankie Bates arrives in Dallas, Texas, determined to make it in the entertainment industry. He soon meets Mr. Pope, a mid-level, out-of-the-box-thinking shepherd of young talent. Bad advice and even worse choices leads to total devastation of their relationship and Frankie at odds with the value of his life.

Also see Black When I Was A Boy Part I


Consulting Directors: Frankie Louise. Stephanie Beckman

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.

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  1. Sandy Woodson on July 22, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Cooper is a great actor and wonderful storyteller. Great story. Leaves me wanting to hear more.

  2. Teresa on July 22, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    Very revealing intimate portrait of an actor’s journey in Hollywood!

  3. Tracey on July 23, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Coopers performance is stellar and kept us at the edge of our seat, wondering if he’ll do a part three? His story is personal, and performed in such a palatable way that as the audience, it leaves you with a bit more empathy for others. This is an encore piece.

  4. Andi McM on July 23, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    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.

    That out of the way-

    Having seen Part I the day before and Part II now, I can say it’s *helpful* to have seen Part I but not required. Yesterday the house was packed and the show was good. Today’s setting was more intimate, and the show was EXCELLENT. Cooper flowed right from introductions into the show itself so smoothly you couldn’t even see a seam. Engaging, heartbreaking, stories of hopes (real and false), anger (inward and outward), perceptions (by others and within self), great work!

  5. Ellen on July 23, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Powerfully delivered, Cooper impersonates people who were part of his launching into acting.

    He has an innate ability to make each of these characters come alive.

    Highly recommended…no doubt I’ll seek out Part I

  6. Shameke Morant on July 26, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    Epic rendition of the journey of a phenomenal person. Cooper did an excellent job showcasing the people that has made an impact in his life. His presentation was clear, funny, iconic and well structure . I felt a deep connection with his past as if I was a part it. Cooper is a great storytelling who knows how to move an audience.

    Highly recommend.

  7. Duby on July 27, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Powerful productions about a young black man from a small mostly white town in Western Kansas trying to make it as an actor. It’s how reality can come up bite your innocence away. It made me laugh. It made me cry. But most importantly, it made me think. A great production by an extremely talented actor and writer I must show about a young man who overcame his ignorance, innocence, and the racist and powerful world in which we all live. I highly recommend this show. It’s more than worth every dollar I’ve paid to see it.

  8. Dave on July 27, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Cooper’s performance was amazing and gave me insight and perspective into a part of his life that I can’t even imagine. we grew up in the same small town, and we always looked up to Cooper as a super athlete, coach and friend. Loved the performance. I think your mother was right Cooper, you’ve figured it out.

  9. Dave Negrau Black on July 27, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Raw and powerful storytelling!

    What it’s like being an actor, dealing with agents, meeting fellow performers along the way, ethics, violence, challenges to your identity.

    This is a man on a mission, and ready to tell it like it is.

    The way the show ends, I can’t wait for Part 3 (and wish I had seen Part 1).

  10. Ontario on July 28, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Cooper was an amazing one-man epic.! Such an incredible portrait of his life story to become an actor. The emotions of multiple characters were real. And made the story compelling. This is a must see show!

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