Joki brings back ‘Girl’ for fundraiser

The Rust Belt Theater Company will present two benefit performances of “I’m Not That Girl” this weekend.

The musical revue features Rust Belt founder Robert Dennick Joki performing original and popular songs traditionally performed by women in a show that challenges gender norms.

Accord to Joki, “I’ve done the show twice before, each time benefiting a different cause. I don’t get very many chances to perform because my job is to create performance opportunities for others. I especially don’t get to perform much of my own material.

“This is also an opportunity to raise money for something I believe in.”

“I’m Not That Girl” was named Best Special Theatrical Event in 2009 by the Youngstown Community Theater Alliance. The show has been updated with new material for 2018.

All proceeds will benefit the Jude Mikulich Surgery Fund.

“The Rust Belt Theater has been an advocate for transgender individuals since its inception,” Joki said. “Raising money for expensive, life-changing surgical procedures is a big part of that. Jude has been working with us, on and off stage, for several years now. We are thrilled to help him out.”

“I’m Not That Girl” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved by calling 330-507-2358.

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