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Black When I Was a Boy

Black When I Was a Boy

June 5th and June 6th

Written & Performed by Cooper Bates
Two nights only!

An honest, moving, and even humorous look at a complex, fascinating, and powerful coming of age story. It’s Cooper Bates’ autobiographical recollection of the extraordinary inner life of his younger self—Frankie Bates. Growing up as a black child in a small Caucasian community in Kansas (population 1,500), Bates never saw himself as black until he was cast as Ni**er Jim in the school production of Huckleberry Finn in 6th grade.

Black When I Was a Boy is presented by Cyrano's Theatre Company.

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Runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes without intermission.

MATURE CONTENT: Adult language

BABIES & CHILDREN — Under age 16 will not be admitted. Recommended for ages 18 and older.

DAY OF SHOW: CenterTix sales end at 4:00 PM. The venue box office opens 1 hour before the show for last minute ticket sales and will call.

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3800 Debarr Road, Anchorage

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Sunday: closed
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