Opens Jan 24, 2018
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
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 W. Allen Taylor's lifelong search for his absent father, Bill Hawkins, the first black disc jockey in Cleveland. 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 the unique historical recollections of "Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins," drawn from numerous personal interviews. The search becomes a bittersweet journey of self-discovery, as well as a celebration of the rich cultural legacy of black radio.