Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler, Eisa Davis, Kelly AuCoin and more will star in Playwrights Horizons and Primary Stages' world premiere of Tanya Barfield’s The Call. Directed by Leigh Silverman, The Call begins previews March 22 at off-Broadway's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Opening night is set for April 14, and the show will play a limited engagement through May 19.
The Call is a politically and culturally-charged drama about Annie (Butler) and Peter (AuCoin), a couple who decide to adopt and set their sights on a child from Africa. But when the reality of this choice sinks in, it opens a well of uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as white Americans. The play's ensemble cast also includes Crystal A. Dickinson as Drea and Russell G. Jones as Alemu.
Butler received a Tony nomination for Xanadu. Her other Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Catch Me If You Can, Rock of Ages, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast. AuCoin appeared on Broadway in Julius Caesar. His off-Broadway credits include Radiance, Some Men, Jailbait, The Fifth Column and The Ladies of the Corridor.
Davis appeared on Broadway in Passing Strange. Her off-Broadway credits include The Violet Hour, June and Jean in Concert and Angela’s Mix Tape. Dickinson appeared on Broadway in Clybourne Park. Her off-Broadway credits include Born Bad, Broke-ology, Ruined and The First Breeze of Summer. Jones' off-Broadway credits include Marie and Bruce and Ruined.
The Call will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Emily Rebholtz, lighting design by Matt Frey and sound design by Jill BC DuBoff.