‘An Inspector Calls’ opens at Timber Lake June 19

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MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse opens its second production of the summer, An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley, Thursday, June 19. Acclaimed Chicago director Chuck Smith directs the play, which runs through Saturday, June 28. The Mount Carroll Rotary Club will sponsor a Jhoole Shop at the playhouse during the run in a partnership celebrating volunteer and non-profit organizations in the region whose missions “live the story” of each theater production at the playhouse.

Considered a classic of 20th Century theater, An Inspector Calls takes place on single night in 1912 in England — the exact week the hit BBC drama Downton Abbey begins its storyline. The Birling family is visited by Inspector Goole — interrupting a party celebrating their daughter’s engagement. The inspector implicates each person in the apparent suicide of a young working-class woman. But is this inspector really who he claims to be? And is this a “whodunnit” or a “who didn’t stop it”? It’s a thrilling mystery about a prominent family’s secrets and a stranger who knows too much.

The play became an instant hit in 1945 when it was written, and a 1994 Broadway production won numerous Tony Awards and broke the record for longest running national tour for a play. The TLP production stars John Chase, Grant Brown, Cody Jolly, Gabriel Brown, Caroline Murrah and Bethany Fay. Chicago actress and three-time Jeff Award winner Danielle Brothers makes her TLP debut as Sybil in this mystery with social themes.

TLP’s Do Something Spectacular campaign continues with An Inspector Calls through the help of the Mount Carroll Rotary Club. For more than 25 years, the Mount Carroll Rotary Club has lived the motto of Rotary International, “Service Above Self,” by supporting many local groups: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Great River Outreach, Friends of the Library, Campbell Center for Historic Preservation, Carroll County Senior Center and Timber Lake Playhouse. The relatively small club of 28 is also involved with international projects including Carroll County Haiti Mission Project, Polio Plus and Jhoole, an organization living the themes of An Inspector Calls.

Founded by Rockford native Hannah Warren after a photography project took her to India, Jhoole, pronounced “ju-lay,” is a non-profit, pioneering “Humanitarian Enterprise.” Selling handmade scarves and clothing, it is both a mission-motivated lifestyle brand and a manufacturing company, wedding high-tech machines with traditional Indian handicrafts to benefit artisans and their communities. All profits are reinvested in community improvement, education and training, with a goal of ending the cycle of poverty for working women who cannot afford to own the clothes they make. More information can be found at jhoole.org.

The Mount Carroll Rotary Club meets each Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. at Land of Oz. For information about the club, call 800-244-5994.

For tickets to An Inspector Calls, call the TLP box office at (815) 244-2035 or visit them at 8215 Black Oak Road in Mount Carroll, Ill. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesday. A 3 p.m. matinee is offered on the first Saturday after the production opens. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors, and students are $17.

Posted June 18, 2014

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