TONY AWARD®-WINNING DRAMA
‘AN INSPECTOR CALLS’
HITS THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE STAGE
Gripping and haunting psychological thriller leaves audiences guessing until the very end
January 25, 2018 (Jupiter) – The greatest secrets are often hidden in the most unlikely places.
When an inspector mysteriously arrives at the home of the affluent Birling family, their intimate dinner party takes a turn for the worst. Inspector Goole brutally questions each family member regarding the death of a young woman, but each denies knowing her. Will the inspector get to the bottom of the mystery or will secrets remain?
Onstage February 4 – 18 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the dazzling psychological thriller An Inspector Calls examines a family whose members must confront their actions as their pasts are brought to light. Described as breathtakingly daring and jaw-dropping, this stylized mystery is filled with twists and turns, keeping audiences guessing until the very end.
“An Inspector Calls is an intelligent, though-provoking and explosive drama,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “We’ve had a history of our audiences enjoying our mysteries, with a wide range of strong titles through the years. We’re very fortunate that the run of this production is almost completely sold out – which makes a strong case for becoming a subscriber for our upcoming season to secure your seats. Our 2018/19 season will feature Steel Magnolias, Disney Beauty and the Beast, A Doll’s House, Part 2, West Side Story and a big splashy Broadway musical set to be announced April 1.”
Written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley, the play was first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union and in 1946 in the United Kingdom, followed by a Broadway run from 1947 to 1948. One of Priestley's best known works, An Inspector Calls is considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre. The play's success and reputation has been boosted in recent years by a successful revival at the National Theatre in 1992, followed by a Tony Award®-winning Broadway transfer in 1994 and a subsequent tour in 2011 and 2012.
The Daily Express raved that An Inspector Calls is “visually astonishing” while The Guardian wrote that the play is “brilliantly accusatory, bracing and strange” and The Times dubbed it “heart-thumpingly thrilling.” Official London Theatre called it “an intriguing, clever piece of theatre that leaves you thinking about it long after the curtain call.”
Directed by multiple Carbonell Award-winning South Florida director J. Barry Lewis (whose recent work at the Theatre includes Disgraced, Frost/Nixon, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dial M for Murder and Doubt: A Parable), the play will feature a cast of 12 acclaimed actors, including James Andreassi as Inspector Goole (seen on numerous regional stages across the U.S.), Rob Donohoe as family patriarch Arthur Birling (last seen in the Theatre’s Carbonell Award-winning production of Glengarry Glen Ross) and Angie Radosh as matriarch Sybil (last seen in the Theatre’s productions of Other Desert Cities and a Carbonell Award-winning performance in Cabaret).
The cast also features Charlotte Bydwell as the Birlings’ eldest child Sheila (known for performances at the Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Virginia Stage Company), Cliff Burgess as their youngest child Eric (last seen in the Theatre’s productions of Glengarry Glen Ross and Other Desert Cities) and Jeremy Webb as Sheila’s fiancé Gerald Croft (last seen in the Theatre’s production of Sleuth, in addition to extensive regional and off-Broadway credits).
“An Inspector Calls is considered to be one of the finest plays written in the previous century,” Lewis said. “Such plays remain relevant because they portray everyday people – you and me – often at our worst. While as an audience we are voyeurs to the story, we may see ourselves in the choices and mistakes that each of the characters make. An Inspector Calls explores the capitalistic nature of society, the hypocrisy of the Victorian and Edwardian eras and examines the role of the individual and their responsibility to their fellow man.”
The production will showcase the artistry of a host of talented designers, including scenic designer Victor Becker (known locally for Billy and Me, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The History Boys at Palm Beach Dramaworks; as well as Ward 57, Dirty Business and Black Sheep at Florida Stage), lighting designer Kirk Bookman (Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Glengarry Glen Ross), costume designer Tracy Dorman (Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Agatha Christie: The Mousetrap), fight choreographer Lee Soroko (Disney Newsies the Musical, Disgraced Kiss Me, Kate, Les Misérables, Dial M for Murder and Sleuth), dialect coach Jennifer Burke (Disney Newsies The Musical, Me and My Girl, The Audience, Billy Elliot The Musical, Fiddler On the Roof and Lost in Yonkers) and Carbonell Award-winning resident sound designer Marty Mets.
An Inspector Calls is sponsored by Jodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Priscilla Heublein.
Single tickets for An Inspector Calls start at $58; for showtimes, tickets and additional information, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact community relationships ambassador Cheryl McDermott at (561) 972-6117.
About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,000 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.
Linnea Bailey (561) 713-0673
An Inspector Calls
February 4 – 18
When an inspector mysteriously arrives at the home of the affluent Birling family, their intimate dinner party takes a turn for the worst. Inspector Goole brutally questions each family member regarding the death of a young woman supposedly known to the Birlings, but each denies they know the victim. Will the inspector get to the bottom of this mystery or will secrets remain? This gripping psychological thriller is filled with twists and turns, keeping you guessing until the very end. Sponsored by Jodie and Dan Hunt and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Priscilla Heublein. Visit www.jupitertheatre.org for showtimes; tickets start at $58. Phone: (561) 575-2223.