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As a kid he would gas cap code put on plays in his living room while wearing his mom’s wigs, first realizing the power of entertainment at age 5, when watching his parents laugh at SpongeBob SquarePants on TV. From ages 8 to 13, he wrote and directed his own short plays at a Baptist church in North Richland Hills (“the audiences got bigger, and the plays got raunchier and I had to find a new space”). His middle school didn’t have a theater department, so he started a drama club. When he arrived at L.D. Bell High School, he auditioned for plays and musicals but noticed that, as a black actor, there wasn’t much opportunity in a drama program dominated by white students.

“At a fall audition, me and this other girl were the only black kids there,” Cooper says. “It was a play called Sparks in the Park gas tax oregon, and the director wanted to give us something, so she cast us both as shadows of the main characters. We mainly moved furniture and props.” Interestingly, that play, by Noble Mason Smith, is about a young gas and water mix playwright entering a playwriting contest and learning that his voice—rather than emulating the work of established writers—is most effective.

Cooper started writing his own plays and convincing the drama faculty to let him stage them at the school. An early work was called The Catch, which was partly inspired by the experience of playing a shadow to white actors in Sparks in the Park. His mother, wanting to foster his love of theater, started taking him to shows at Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, the second-oldest black theater in Texas (after Houston’s Ensemble Theatre). In 2009, after seeing a play about Mahalia Jackson starring Sheran Goodspeed Keyton, he befriended the local stage veteran, who had begun her own company, DVA Productions electricity voltage in china. That led to a fruitful relationship with DVA and Jubilee.

In 2010, at age 15, he contributed a song to DVA’s musical The Man I Love. In 2012 he starred as a sexually abused teen in Ya’ke Smith’s movie Wolf (currently streaming on Amazon Prime), starring alongside Mikala Gibson, Irma P. Hall and Eugene gas leak los angeles Lee. In 2013, DVA produced The Catch; the TheaterJones review noted that it was an ambitious undertaking, but needed “more time to grow up.”

That’s also the year in which Cooper caught my attention, when Jubilee workshopped Cooper’s one-man play Masked at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre. The work, about a Stepin Fetchit-esque black actor named Jansy who performed minstrels shows in blackface, starred a gas is compressed at a constant pressure of another local actor who has since found fame in New York: Major Attaway, who has now been playing Genie in Broadway’s Aladdin for two years.

Cooper is in the play, too, as a drag queen named Peaches. The cast also features former North Texas resident Ebony Marshall-Oliver, known for roles at Jubilee Theatre ( Neat, In Real Life, The Color Purple), Theatre Three ( Memphis), and other local theaters; along with Marchánt Davis, Fedna Jacquet, Crystal Lucas-Perry, and Simone Recasner. (At Sunday matinees, standby Hermon Whaley Jr. plays Peaches.)

“I would walk around the city, feeling depressed … I started writing these smaller gas bubbler plays, which is a part of this bigger play,” Cooper says. “It’s a conversation that I didn’t have for myself…A lot of times I’m writing because I need to ask myself a question and I don’t necessarily have the answers to the question. This play was harder to write than anything I have written.”

“I started writing it during the [2016 presidential] election,” he continues. “The night [of the election] I got a big bottle of Barefoot wine and started going into a big hole. New York was so quiet the next morning. On the subway electricity bill nye worksheet it was unusually quiet…even the rats were quiet. Then I thought ‘we’re bigger than this, we’ve been through worse than this.’”