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SecondStage: An Inspector Calls
March 15-19, 2023

presented at the Historic Drish House
written by J. B. Priestley
directed by Kiera Gillock

SecondStage: An Inspector Calls

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The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city, where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl’s undoing. The family, closely knit and friendly at the beginning of the evening, is shown up as selfish, self-centered or cowardly, its good humor turning to acid, and good fellowship to dislike, before the evening is over. The surprising revelation, however, is in the inspector—who turns out to be no copper at all but a mysterious individual with full knowledge of everyone’s connection with the suicide. After the false inspector has been shown up, and it is discovered that no suicide had been recorded, an actual copper shows, and a last-minute suicide is reported, which ties in mysteriously with the foregoing.

Performance & Tickets

Performances & Tickets

  • Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m.



Auditions will be held August 29 & 30 in the Wilson Carr Rehearsal Hall. Those interested in auditioning should be prepared for cold readings from the script and bring a calendar to list conflicts for rehearsals. Rehearsals are planned to begin on September 6.

Characters/Roles Available

Characters/Roles Available

  • Arthur Birlings – Male/Male-identifying. Any race/ethnicity. 50s-60s. Portentous with easy manners, but somewhat provencial in speech, Mr. Birlings is a self-made man of the textiles industry.

  • Mrs. Birlings – Female/Female-identifying. Any race/ethnicity. 50s-60s. A cold woman who plays her part and makes sure those around her play theirs, Mrs. Birlings is her husband's social superior.

  • Eric Birlings – Male/Male-identifying. Any race/ethnicity.  20s. Half-shy and half-assertive, he is a young man of society still searching for his place.

  • Sheila Birlings – Female/Female-identifying,  Any race/ethnicity. 20s. A young woman who is very pleased with her life, and excited for her future.

  • Gerald Croft – Male/Male-identifying. Any race/ethnicity. 30s. A well-bred young-man-about-town.

  • Edna – Any gender. Any race/ethnicity. Any age. A neatly dressed parlor maid.

  • Inspector Goole – Male/Male-identifying. Any race/ethnicity. 50s. Solid, purposeful, and calm in demeanor, Inspector Goole "speaks carefully, weightily, and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking."

Production Credits

Production Credits

J. B. Priestley


Kiera Gillock



Stage Manager



Scenic Design


Jessica Prather

Costume Design



Lighting Design



Sound Design

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the running time of the production?

    • TBD

  • Will there be an intermission?

    • There will be a 15-minute intermission.

  • Should I bring the kids?

    • An Inspector Calls is recommended for ages 13+.

  • What themes are explored in the play?

    • The themes explored include class, society, marriage, and suicide. 

  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?

    • There is mild language in this show.

  • Does the play contain violence?

    • An Inspector Calls does not contain any violence.

  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?

    • There is some alcohol use and references to tobacco use.

  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations?

    • An Inspector Calls contains discussions about extra-marital affairs.

Performance & Tickets
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