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PREVIEW: THE CALL - A LOOK INTO THE COMPLICATED WORLD OF CROSS-CULTURAL ADOPTION

Picture of Jamaal Amir McCray, an actor in the show

Monica Pizzo | UMD Writer's Block

"The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is presenting The Call at The Clarice from Sept. 30 through Oct. 8. The play is a dynamic performance that brings up serious topics of discussion underneath all of its humor and playful bickering.

"The Call centers around Annie and Peter, a couple who spent years trying to have children before deciding to adopt from Africa. Their best friends Drea and Rebecca, an African American lesbian couple, support them in the process. The play is about the tensions and conversations that arise when adopting from a third world country as a white American couple.

"'It’s about family, and it touches on the responsibilities of our white American privilege and how far that extends,' said Eleanor Holdridge, the director of the play. 'She [Annie] is up against her desire to be part of a worldwide solution and her desire to be unconditionally loved by her child.'

"Playwright Tanya Barfield made communication a central aspect of the show. The overlapping dialogue, petty bickering and harsh honesty made the communication between the characters strikingly realistic. Barfield did this purposefully because she wanted the message to be as relatable as possible. Without this realistic aspect of communication, the gravity of the talk regarding adoption, especially a cross-cultural adoption, would be lost in translation."

Read the complete preview at UMD Writer's Block.

Picture: Actor Jamaal Amir McCray photographed by Geoff Sheil via UMD Writer's Block

 

Date of Publication: 
9/26/16