Genre: Comedy
by Bill Svanoe, directed by Blake Bradford

Callback, a true love letter to the theatre, is a two character contemporary comedy/drama about the forty-year mostly professional relationship between an actress and a director. They both go through struggles, heartbreaks, triumphs, and unexpected discoveries along the way. They are bound together on and off by many things, but what keeps them both going is their overwhelming love of the theater.  Emmy winner Joan Darling returns to Santa Fe to star with local favorite Jonathan Richards!

Bill Svanoe's Callback has played to rave reviews Off-Broadway in New York City, as well as large regional productions in North Carolina and Wisconsin.  It is published by Samuel French. 

Open:   04/07/11
Close:   04/24/11

Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 8p, Sun @ 2p
Theater:   Santa Fe Playhouse
Address:   142 East DeVargas St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Cost:General Admission: $20.00; Teachers, Student, Seniors: $15.00; Thursdays: $10.00; First Friday Gala (April 8th): $25.00
Buy Tickets Online or Call: at (505) 988-4262
Company: Zephyer Rep

Joan Darling began her career as an actress with the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford as Viola in Twelfth Night. She starred in the award-winning improvisational theater company, The Premise, with Gene Hackman, Tom Aldredge, and Ron Liebman. Joan starred on Broadway in Leda Had a Little Swan and A Minor Adjustment and won an Emmy for her performance in Dorothy Parker, Woven in Crazy Plaid.  Joan was the first woman nominated for an Emmy for directing. She has been nominated four times and won an Emmy and a DGA award for directing "Mom's on Strike". Her M.A.S.H. episode, "The Nurses", was nominated for an Emmy and is included in the "Best of M.A.S.H." episode.  Joan is considered the first woman director of the modern age and blazed the way for the women who followed in her footsteps. Her first directing assignment was for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which was featured on the cover of every major magazine from Newsweek to Rolling Stone within six weeks of its debut. She followed that by directing the world famous episode "Chuckles the Clown" of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, named by the New York Times as the funniest half hour ever on television and the number one episode of all time by TV Guide.  Her first feature, First Love, was named one of the ten best by CBS.  Joan is renowned as a teacher  and her classes in LA have had up to a five year waiting list. She created the "Directing the Actor" workshop for the Sundance Institute and has served as a creative advisor at the Director's lab at Sundance for the last fifteen years. Joan Darling has been honored by the Museum of Broadcasting as a "Woman Who Made It." And in the 80th Anniversary issue of the Hollywood Reporter, the funeral scene from "Chuckles" was named as the eighth best moment in television history.

Jonathan Richards appeared recently on the Santa Fe stage in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys. He played Henry in William Gibson's Handy Dandy, Thomas of Celano in Deborah Dennison's The Lion in the Lamb, The Man in Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man, Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo: Red, White, & Blacklisted, and John Barrymore in Barrymore: One Helluva Life. He has been seen in leading roles in My Old Lady, A Walk in the Woods, Art, Sylvia, Blithe Spirit, Guys & Dolls, My Fair Lady, Equus, Passion, Dear Liar, The Merchant of Venice, Benchwarmers, and A West End Christmas. Film work includes Alan Arkin’s short film "Blood: Thicker than Water", Alice Van Buren's "Ink", and Terry Sanders’s Oscar-nominated "Never Give Up: the 20th Century Odyssey of  Herbert Zipper". TV includes Breaking Bad. He is an editorial cartoonist, journalist, and film critic. He has written books, plays, and screenplays, and has done film translation in New York and Paris. His latest novel Nick & Jake is available at

Bill Svanoe Playwright

An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Bill Svanoe has created highly acclaimed television movies including Miles to Go, which won a Christopher Award; Terror on the Beach; Returning Home; Superdome; The Cardboard House; The Dreammakers; and Sparks. Films include Waltz Across Texas, starring Anne Archer, and Fatal Beauty, starring Whoopi Goldberg. His first play, The Newstand, won New Playwright Awards in New York and Holland.  His plays The Black Duck,  Punch and Judy and Callback have been published. He is the Playwright-in-Residence for Phare Play Productions, which has produced Callback, Pants on Fire, Quisisana and Trader Jack and the Stinger. Remember the 1960's hit song Walk Right In? He wrote it.

Blake Bradford Director

Blake Bradford  is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa.  His original plays I, Undertow, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, Gay Slave Handbook and Word Within the Word are actively seen in the regional circuits and Off Broadway.  His new play, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve just completed a long run at NYC's Wings Theatre and will soon begin touring. 

Blake is currently on the directing staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. He just completed the highly acclaimed live airing of South Pacific for LFLC.  Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).  He serves as Artistic Director of Zephyer Rep, which just made their LA debut with Bill Svanoe's The Last Laugh after a sucessful five years in New York City, and now are making their Santa Fe debut with Callback.

Kymm Zuckert Stage Manager

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School and New York University, Kymm has been working in the theatre for forty years. The daughter of well-known actors Bill Zuckert and Gladys Holland, she started performing at the age of three in such plays as The Little Clown That Forgot How to Laugh and a French-language version of Sleeping Beauty as well as appearing in television shows like "Sanford and Son", "Baa Baa Black Sheep", and "Days of Our Lives". As an adult, Kymm has been a performer and director with theatre companies such as Love Creek Productions, Foolish Mortals, Phare Play Productions and Zephyer Rep, performing as Josie in Moon for the Misbegotten, April in The Hot L Baltimore, Bottom in an all-female version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Leona in Small Craft Warnings and Marie-Ange in the world premiere of Maiden's Progeny at 59E59 Theaters.  She has been a director for the past seventeen years, of such shows as The Trojan Women, Dear Brutus, Man and Superman, Dulcy, The Cemetery Plays, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, A Woman of No Importance, Orpheus Descending, Ghosts, Arcadia, A Doll's House, Cloud Nine, Closer, Gay Slave Handbook and Shirley Valentine.