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Asheville Fringe Arts Festival: Black When I Was A Boy part II: Blacked Out by Cooper Bates

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( Fri., Mar. 24, 2023 - Sun., Mar. 26, 2023 )

LEAF Global Arts Center, 19 Eagle St., Asheville, NC 28805


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.


Now in its eighteenth year, Asheville Fringe continues to ask artists to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and to bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. We strongly suggest that you see more than one Fringe show because of the incredible variety of artists and types of work. One show is just not enough to really have the total Fringe Festival experience!



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  • Friday, March 24, 2023 at 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 6:00 PM