Rust Belt Theater to present "Boy in a Kage"

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Rust Belt Theater will present “Boy in a Kage,” a one-man show featuring local actor Kage Jonas Coven, for four shows this weekend and next.

The revue-style show will consist of music and spoken word, told from the point of view of a young transgender individual growing up in the Youngstown area.

“Kage’s story is inspiring,” said director Robert Dennick Joki. “It’s about discovering who you are and trying to be the best you can be, against all odds.”

Coven, a former Youngstown State University student, has performed at The Youngstown Playhouse, The Oakland Center for the Arts and Kent State Trumbull Theater. This season at Rust Belt Theater Company, he originated both the roles of Ben in “Living Dead: The Musical” and, most recently, that of Matamore in “The Illusion.”

The RBTC plans to showcase more local performers in the future. “Doing a one-man [or woman] show allows a performer to really show their range,” said Joki. “It’s a wonderful experience, but can be very hard to come by. My goal is to produce at least one local showcase per season.”

A reception will follow the opening-night performance, with a silent auction featuring local artwork, jewelry and other handmade items. Proceeds from the show and auction will benefit Kage’s chest-reconstruction surgery.

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