Takoma Park Mobilization Fundraising Performance of "In Search of My Father...Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins"
***A Special Fundraising Performance benefitting the Takoma Park Mobilization***
"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 one-man play explores the intimate story of Taylor's life-long spiritual search for information on the father he never knew, Bill Hawkins, the first black radio disc jockey in Cleveland, Ohio. With period rhythm & blues, gospel and jazz music serving as a backdrop, Taylor performs a wide range of richly defined characters. The search becomes a bittersweet journey of self-discovery as well as a celebration of the rich cultural legacy of black radio.
WHEN: Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 8pm
WHERE: Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912
Tickets: $25.00 (all net proceeds will be contributed to the TPM organization)
**This performance is a special encore performance of this play's 3-week production run at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, which runs Jan 24th - Feb 10th. The performer has chosen the Takoma Park Mobilization for this benefit because of the organization's commitment to building community and for creating equity & justice. This performance is dedicated to the collaborative spirit that drives this organization, and others like it! http://tpmobilization.org **
For more info on the Play & Production History, visit: http://www.walkintalkin.com/
For more info on the story, listen to a 20-min podcast from NPR's "All Things Considered":
"His story, underscored with evocative music of the times, is emotional and sometimes touching...Using a minimum of props but peopling the stage with a host of characters." - --New York Times
"...His characters are not only varied and clearly distinguishable from each other, but also convincing and fully realized...He manages to delineate his characters by getting to their heart." ---NYTHEATRE.com
"...a deeply personal story, a chapter of this great city's history and an account of a pivotal era in broadcasting and popular music." ---Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Taylor's quest for such wisdom is the intriguing core of a piece. The art he makes of that search is not only enlightening but moving, funny and captivating as well." ---SF Chronicle
"The more Taylor delves into his father's past, the more interesting the show gets, so that the finale, in which we come as close as we can to actually meeting Bill Hawkins, is tremendously rewarding." ---Oakland Tribune
W. Allen Taylors theatre career began in 1979, and includes performances in many regional theatres around the country, as well as in NYC, with such critically acclaimed off-Broadway theatres as the Negro Ensemble Company and La Mama E.T.C.. He has also appeared on Broadway in August Wilsons Seven Guitars, and has had roles on network television and in feature films.
His solo show, "In Search Of My Father...Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins", which he wrote and performed, made its professional debut at the Marsh Theatre in Berkeley, CA in 2006 and won the Best Solo-Performance Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. The play was also nominated for an Audelco Award for Best Solo-Performance in NYC, 2008.
Allen received his MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and has served on the Bay Area theatre faculties of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Laney College, and the College of Marin. He retired from COM in 2016 as a full-time professor and Drama department chair.
Takoma Park Community Center Theater (View)
7500 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
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