What an exceptionally well-written and acted show. The story kept my attention the entire time and I also could sense the ongoing attention in the audience. Tears welled up in my eyes and I felt how true life is. I laughed a lot, felt great and was amazed while being led through many meaningful messages. One actor, wow! This is a marvelous solo performance, and it is dynamic, too, especially how the lighting and the transitions between scenes do such an excellent job of making a point. Cooper Bates is a talented storyteller and actor, a lot of thought, effort and practice have gone into this. Black When I Was A Boy has left a very positive impact on me. It was a fantastic time. I highly recommend going.