On a spring evening in 1912, the prosperous middle-class Birling family is celebrating their daughter’s engagement with a small dinner party in the British industrial city of Brumley. Following dinner, the family is visited by Inspector Goole, a policeman who questions each member of the family in turn about the death of a young working-class woman. The inspector’s relentless search for answers threatens to destroy the family’s public reputation and undermines the relationships they once held dear.
Friday, November 7 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 8 @ 7:30pm
Friday, November 14 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 15 @ 2:00 & 7:30pm
Sunday, November 16 @ 2:00pm
UAF Faculty/Staff, Military, Senior: $11
At the door:
Regular price +$2
|Rachel Blackwell as Mrs. Birling
Ian Hendren as Gerald Croft
Marley Horner as Inspector Goole
Katrina Kuharich as Sheila Birling
Nancy Nguyen as Edna
Nolan Raapana as Mr. Birling
Mallory Smith as Eric Birling
|Director: Brian Cook
Costume & Scenic Designer: Bethany Marx
Lighting Designer: Adam Gillette
Assistant Director: Ian Buoncore
Stage Manager: Kellie Bernstein
British Dialect Coach: Carrie Baker
Quotes about the Production:
When asked why director Brian Cook wanted to produce this particular show he said “I think it’s always fun to work on a mystery play where the audience pieces together the puzzle alongside the characters. I love detective stories and crime dramas, and Inspector Calls fits right in there. At the same time, though, it is more than just entertaining – there’s a purpose and a message. It’s been intriguing to do a production that is set in a historical period that’s just far enough away to be different, but at the same time is close enough to be understandable and recognizable. The play is written in 1947, but set in 1912, and thus we are looking back over the last 100 years as we listen to the characters talk about war, joblessness, love, and theft, we are bound to think about all of the events that they have not yet witnessed. That is, in part, Priestley’s message. His play is something of a warning about being too naïve and too inwardly-focused. I can’t really be any more detailed than that without giving away secrets.” He went on to say “I love the mystery component: that the story unravels as characters reveal their darkest secrets. We get to know these people so intimately, some of them we love, some of them we hate. There’s an aspect of rooting for the good guys and against the bad guys in this play, but eventually it turns and we’re asked to question who is actually good and who is bad. I love those sorts of sudden reversals, especially when they are entertaining and engrossing the way they are in Inspector Calls. Plus, how often, in Fairbanks, do you see actors talking with good British accents?”
Carrie Baker, Associate Professor of Performance, served as dialect coach for the production and taught the cast Standard British and Cockney dialects. She had this to say about doing the show with British dialects: “Economic standing or class is a significant subject in the play. Most characters will be speaking in the Standard British dialect, but some characters who are lower class will be speaking the Cockney dialect. We have also incorporated some Cockney sound changes into the upper class characters who have lower class upbringing or roots. Acting with a dialect is a significant challenge for an actor and a great opportunity for our actors to be having as part of their undergraduate education. Professional actors are often required to use dialects, so exposing our students to this process is invaluable in developing their ability to incorporate a dialect into their character work.”
Theatre UAF presents "An Inspector Calls" Nov. 7-16, 2014.
Left to right: Ian Hendren, Marley Horner and Katrina Kuharich.
Marley Horner (graduating senior doing his Thesis with this role) as Inspector Goole in Theatre UAF's "An Inspector Calls".
SPECIAL EVENT: Split Knuckle's Endurance
Co-sponsored by Theatre UAF and the Fairbanks Concert Association
Split Knuckle is a critically acclaimed company that creates dynamic, physical, visually striking theatre from simple materials.
Trapped in Antarctica with no hope of rescue, the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton kept 27 men alive for two years in the most inhospitable climate on earth.
Ninety-five years later, in the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, Hartford insurance man Walter Spivey, struggling to justify his recent promotion and save his employees jobs, relives Shackleton's story.
Can one of the greatest leaders in human history inspire him to conquer the corporate world?
Friday-Saturday, November 21-22 at 8 p.m.
Tickets available via the FCA website: www.fairbanksconcert.org
The Ashgirl, by Timberlake Wertenbaker
In a big old house Ashgirl lives huddled deep in the protection of an ashy hearth. With her mother dead, and her father away, she lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. When the invitation to the ball arrives from the prince, Ashgirl finds the strength to go with the help of her friends, some of whom come from unexpected places.
This retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale is “like a mix of C.S. Lewis and Sondheim’s Into the Woods: an eclectic fairy tale anthology.” (The Guardian, London)
April 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m.
- Please note: tickets held at “will call”, even if paid for, will be released for resale 10 minutes prior to curtain/showtime.
- Unclaimed seats (if you have your tickets, but aren’t at the theatre) 5 minutes prior to curtain may also be resold. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to performances so that we may start on time.