Mad Cow Theater has announced the Central Florida premiere of Dinner with Booker T., a solo show written and performed by Darryl Reuben Hall. The production will run at Mad Cow’s Harriett Theater from January 26 to February 6, 2022.
Dinner with Booker T. offers a historical look from inside the life of one of the greatest speakers, educators, presidential advisers and leader in the advancement of black Americans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mr. Booker T Washington. Based on his rise from slavery, to student, to educator, to national and world leader, this 70-minute play is comprised of original rhetoric, investigation, song, dance, speeches, historical dialogue, and visual presentations. The show has previously received praise at the Emerald Coast Theater, as well as the Amelia Musical Playhouse, and was chosen for the 2019 National Black Theater Festival.
Darryl Reuben Hall takes the audience on a journey through the life of Booker T. Washington by portraying the many friends and foes who kept him strong in the fight for equality. In a recent interview, Hall spoke about the production and its inspiration. “Booker T. Washington was one of the most notable leaders of this country. Dinner with Booker T. is a look at his life through 14 characters in this one-man show as I recount the many accomplishments of Mr. Washington … [it] he also dedicates himself to song and dance to carry out Mr. Washington’s journey “From Slavery to the White House.” … What audiences will find surprising is that much of the script is made up of actual historical documents, letters, and speeches, which makes certain language used very powerful. “
Regarding historical accuracy and legacy, Hall observes: “This is inspiring work. To learn from Mr. Washington’s mind and courage and have his students make the bricks and build the first school buildings of what it would become the Tuskegee Institute is amazing. Mr. Washington not only encouraged people to work with their hands, but he encouraged the growth of what were historic black colleges and universities. “
When asked what audiences can get out of the show, Hall comments: “A very clear understanding of strength and perseverance. Of all the circumstances that some may consider impoverished or challenging, Washington never cared, rather, he chose to seize the opportunity as fuel. move forward. “
Darryl Reuben Hall is an award-winning Broadway actor, professional artist, and educator who creates works of faith and black history intertwined with music, drama, oral histories, and theater. A graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Hall is recognized for his performances at the New York City Opera’s Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Porgy and Bess (live from Lincoln Center) and at Walt Disney World. He has worked with legendary artists, including Aretha Franklin, Phylicia Rashad, and Leslie Uggams, among others. He founded the Stage Aurora Theatrical Company. Visit https://www.darrylreubenhall.biz/bio to view his full bio.
Mad Cow Theater Artistic Director Dr. Julius John is delighted to welcome Hall and this important work to Mad Cow. “Booker T. Washington once said: ‘a lie does not turn into truth, evil does not turn right, and evil does not turn good, simply because it is accepted by the majority.’ If you want to be inspired, come experience this important message. It will never be the same again! “