by Tanya Barfield
directed by Cristina Alicea
produced April 19-May 7, 2017
Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sunday Matinees at 2pm
Annie and Peter decide to adopt, setting their sights on a child from Africa. But, when they receive surprising news from the adoption agency, their marriage is put to the test, secrets of the past are exposed, and this couple approaching midlife is left with an unexpected choice. Politically charged, funny, and tack-sharp, THE CALL is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.
Marianne DiMascio as Annie
Jordan Gullikson as Peter
Tinotenda Charles Rutanhira as Alemu
Jammie Patton as Drea
Nellesa Walthour* as Rebecca
Scenic Design: Blair Mielnik
Costume Design: Suzanne Kneller
Lighting Design: Alan Hefferon
Sound Design: Martha Goode
Props Master: Sue Wade
Technical Director: F. Patrick Orr
Stage Management: Kelsey Vivian
THE CALL is appropriate for ages 14 & up. Adult themes about adoption.
*Actor Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. Images Courtesy of Lindsay Raymondjack Photography.
Behind the Scenes
"'The Call,' the trenchant Tanya Barfield play running now at Vermont Stage, builds its substantial tension gradually over its two acts, as if it’s letting out a string one long, uncomfortable piece at a time. That discomfort, though, creates a spring-loaded pressure that gives 'The Call' all of its disarming power. 'The Call' wraps up the 2016-17 season for Vermont Stage, and does so with an exclamation point." —The Burlington Free Press
"Vermont Stage opened a deep and powerful production of this 2013 off-Broadway hit on Wednesday at FlynnSpace. The show was rich in dimension as well as entertaining, as a couple’s liberal beliefs are tested. Seldom have pregnant pauses delivered such a wallop." —The Times Argus
"Vermont Stage's production gives five strong actors a chance to bring the naturalism in Barfield's sharp script to life."
"Thoughtful and engrossing. Written in smart, natural and often sparkling dialogue." —NY Times
"Touching and intelligent." —Huffington Post
"THE CALL tackles the complex issues that accompany adoption across cultures, tearing open the insulated middle-class home to the world's challenging realities…it is a worthwhile play that forces discussion on numerous topics that might not be touched on otherwise. And what's smarter—none of the debates have black and white conclusions, leaving the topics open to discussion and giving the audience a lot to think about. But one thing is clear: we are all a part of the same world, so the world's problems are our own. And while white Americans, African Americans, and Africans are all divided by cultural differences, here we all are, in the same small apartment." —Show Business Weekly