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W. Allen Taylor: In Search of My Father…Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins


January 24, 2017-February 10, 2018 | $20 - $35

W. Allen Taylor

In Search of My Father…Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins

Written and Performed by W. Allen Taylor

Original direction by Ellen Sebastian Chang

Winner of the “Best Solo Performance Award” by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, this 90-minute show explores the intimate story of Taylor’s life-long search for his absent father, Bill Hawkins, the first black disc jockey in Cleveland, Ohio. With period rhythm & blues, gospel and jazz serving as a backdrop, Taylor plays a wide range of colorful characters, while juxtaposing personal stories of childhood longing and surrogate fathers with unique historical recollections of “Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins” drawn from personal interviews.  The search becomes a bittersweet journey of self-discovery, as well as a celebration of the rich cultural legacy of black radio.

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Lab Theatre II
1333 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States