April 2, 2004
"An Inspector Calls" on Whitworth's Spring Theatre Production
The Whitworth Theatre Department will present its spring production, J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls, at 8 p.m. April 16, 17, 23 and 24, and at 2 p.m. April 18, in Cowles Memorial Auditorium on the Whitworth campus. Admission is $5. For tickets or more information, please call (509) 777-3707. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of each performance.
Directed by Whitworth Professor of Theatre Rick Hornor, Ph.D., the play was written in 1945 but set in 1912 in Victorian England. In the play Arthur Birling, a prosperous manufacturer, holds a family dinner party to celebrate his daughter's engagement. Into this cozy scene intrudes the harsh figure of a police inspector investigating the suicide of a young, working-class woman. Under the pressure of his interrogation, every member of the family turns out to have a shameful secret that links each of them to her death.
In An Inspector Calls, Priestley, like the authors of morality plays of the late Middle Ages, intends to instruct his audiences about the condition of humanity, caught between the religious need for goodness and the temptations of evil.
Hornor says he has wanted to direct An Inspector Calls for many years because of how the play reminds people that their actions have consequences and that their words can hurt or help others.
"This play speaks to audiences," Hornor says. "The modern audience, more than familiar with the effects and privations of war and human cruelty, is receptive to the message of this play. As citizens of the world we must continue to ask ourselves, 'What is my responsibility to others?'"
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Rick Hornor, professor of theatre, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or email@example.com.