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Jan. 24 – Feb. 11, 2018
Opening Night on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

By Tanya Barfield 
 
"We didn’t ask to solve the world’s problems; we asked to adopt a baby."  

Annie and Peter are a childless couple in their late 30s who have decided to adopt a baby from Africa. But when they receive some surprising news about their potential bundle of joy, anxiety and doubt threaten to tear their world apart. Middle-class cultural sensibilities and global divisions come crashing in on their comfortable existence as they are forced to confront their own preconceived notions about what makes a family a family. As they reach out to friends and neighbors for advice, Annie and Peter become mired in indecision and second thoughts.  

The Call is a fascinating play that urges audience members to thoughtfully examine their established positions – both at home and as citizens of the world," Miller-Stephany said. 

New York Times says The Call is “potent and engaging.”  

A comedy with a penetrating edge, The Call is guaranteed to spark lively conversations about the expectations and realities of parenthood. Tanya Barfield’s dizzying indictment of American privilege is tempered with her compassion for flawed people holding the best of intentions. 

Benjamin Bauman* ... Peter

Nathan Hinton*... Alemu

Chiara B. Motley* ... Annie

Soara-Joye Ross* ... Drea

Crystal Sha'nae* ... Rebecca

  • SYNPOSIS: Annie and Peter, a Caucasian couple in their late 30s,  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 the couple is left with an unexpected choice. Their best friends are Drea and Rebecca, an African American lesbian couple who offer support and perspective, but get caught in the crossfire of marital tensions. Politically-charged and tack-sharp, The Call is a startling portrait of cultural divide. 
  • LANGUAGE: Contains mild adult language. Specific words include: “damn,” “sexy,” “prick,” and “shit.”
  • SMOKING: None. 
  • DRINKING: Yes. 
  • SEX: None.
  • VIOLENCE: None.
  • THEMES: Topics of discussion in this play include: sex, miscarriages, pregnancy and fertility treatments, adoption, homosexuality and AIDS.
  • RATING: If it were a film, this production would be rated “PG-13.”
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION (NEW THIS YEAR!)
Saturday, January 13 | 10 a.m.
$5 For Non-members/FREE for Members of The Rep and The 601 Club
Breakfast provided by Zeteo Coffee
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Enhance your theatre-going experience by joining us for an insightful discussion into this production with Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the cast and creative team.
 
THE CALL: TRUE STORIES OF ADOPTION
Monday, January 22 | 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance | $15 at the door
The Rep Annex, 518 Main Street, Little Rock
In partnership with The Yarn, The Rep presents an event featuring storytellers who will share their personal narratives about how their lives have been affected by adoption and foster care. The Call cast member Soara-Joye Ross, who was last seen on The Rep's stage as the leading role of "Deloris Van Cartier" in Sister Act, will be one of the storytellers. 
 
PRE-SHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25 | 6:15 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Get exclusive insight into this thoughtful production from Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany before the start of the preview performances. 
 
PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT
Wednesday, January 24 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep's "Pay What You Can Night."  Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. There are at least 100 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.
 
CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Thursday, January 25 | 12 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock
Join Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this production.
 
BEER NIGHT WITH LOST FORTY AND ARKANSAS TIMES
Thursday, January 25 | 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Loft Forty
Before the second preview of Opening Week, enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Lost Forty Brewing.
 
OPENING NIGHT DINNER (NEW THIS YEAR!)
Friday, January 26 | 5 p.m.
Dinner and drinks are $55 per person
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street
To make reservations, call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405. Performance tickets are not included.
Join in the Opening Night excitement by attending a special cocktail supper before the performance. Held in our rehearsal hall, enjoy pre-dinner libations and dine with Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany, members of the creative team and other special guests.
 
OPENING NIGHT PARTY WITH THE CAST
Friday, January 26 | Immediately following the performance  
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by RSVP Catering and La Marca Prosecco
Opening Night for The Call will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary toast provided by La Marca Prosecco and light hors d'oeuvres by RSVP Catering will be provided. 
 
PAY YOUR AGE NIGHT
Sunday, January 28 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree, Legacy Wine and Spirits, The Ride 106.7/The Point 94.1
If you're age 22-40, pay your age at The Rep! Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by Legacy Wine and Spirits. Tickets on sale now.
 
EPILOGUE: A CONVERSATION WITH THE ACTORS
Wednesday, January 31 | Immediately following the performance
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock 
Want to learn more about the show you've just seen? Stay after the performance for a discussion with members of the cast. Epilogue talkbacks will take place in the theatre and are free with your show ticket.
 
PANEL DISCUSSION ON INTERNATIONAL AND INTERRACIAL ADOPTIONS
Thursday, February 1  |  5:30 p.m.
The Rep Annex, 518 Main Street, Little Rock
Presented in cooperation with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Moderated by the Anderson Institute's Director John A. Kirk.
 
BEER NIGHT WITH STONE'S THROW BREWERY
Thursday, February 1 | 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock 
Enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Stone's Throw Brewery.
 
LIVE FROM FOSTER'S 
Friday, February 2 | 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music in Foster's. Ticket not required for pre-show music.
 
SIGN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, February 7  | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Join us for our ASL performance where a Sign Interpreter will be positioned in front of a special section signing directly for those who need his services. Call the Box Office to book your tickets.

THE AFTER-PARTY 
Sunday, February 11 | Immediately following the evening performance
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Enjoy a drink or two after the evening performance and look for members of the cast to make an appearance in Foster's. Ticket not required for the After-Party.

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