Gifts from my Deaf Father: A Story of Love, Tragedy, & Hope
May 9, 2018, 6:00-7:30 pm, Atkinson Hall
A one-man show from the dynamic performer Wink, performed entirely in ASL with English interpretation.
Growing up with Deaf parents, Wink watched them recount their life story in American Sign Language (ASL). In 1987, Wink’s father was working nights at the post office with plans to go back to college when his life was redefined by the news that his wife’s car was hit by a train.
Wink’s mother’s accident framed the stories he grew up with. Looking back, he realizes just how much his parents taught him about life, hardship, love, the beauty of ASL, and the value of Deaf Culture. He witnessed firsthand ASL storytelling, being led through each scene and feeling the impact no matter how many times he’d seen the story. Those twists and turns he relived with his parents over the years have become part of him, eventually leading to the creation of My Father’s Gift. This show shares his parents’ powerful story.
Windell Smith Jr (Otherwise known as Wink) takes his passion with him across the United States to promote American Sign Language, Deaf rights, humorous comedy shows, and his one man show “My Father’s Gift” which brings to life both the tragic, beautiful, and hilarious moments of both his own and his parents lives.
Wink, MA, MBA, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice, which he wrote about in the RID Views, Winter 2012 issue. Presenting workshops the last ten years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs.