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PTC Presents “An Inspector Calls”

Media Contact: Sasha Patane
801-581-7222
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PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
An Inspector Calls
By J.B. Priestley

Salt Lake City – Pioneer Theatre Company presents An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley, February 19 – March 5, 2016.

In turn-of-the-twentieth century England, a prosperous family is gathered to celebrate the engagement of their daughter when a mysterious Inspector arrives to investigate the death of a young woman from the nearby town. None of the family members believe they know the victim, but over the course of the evening the Inspector’s investigation reveals to each of them that they may be connected to the young woman’s life, and death, in ways they never imagined.

JOSEPH DELLGER, MIA DILLON, CHRISTOPHER KELLY, JOHN EVANS REESE, JOHN SKELLEY and KATE WIELAND make up the Equity cast.

Joseph Dellger plays Arthur Birling, the patriarch of the Birling family. Dellger’s Broadway credits include Father in Ragtime and the Coroner in the Tony Award winning Porgy and Bess. He originated the roles of Magnus in Lestat and William Randolph Hurst in Scandalous. Off Broadway credits include Bellomy and Hucklebee in the longest running musical in US history, The Fantasticks. Regional credits include performing at Alliance Theatre, Arvada Center, The Goodman, Goodspeed Opera House, Signature Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Theatre on the Square, Westchester Theatre. This is Dellger’s PTC debut.

Mia Dillon plays Sybil Biring, wife of Arthur and mother of Sheila and Eric Birling. Dillon’s Broadway credits include Crimes of the Heart (Tony Award Nomination and Clarence Derwent Award), Our Town with Paul Newman, Hay Fever, The Corn is Green, The Miser, Once a Catholic (Drama Desk Nomination), Agnes of God, and Da. Off-Broadway shows include The Exonerated, Remembrance, Come Back, Little Sheba (Roundabout Theatre), The Three Sisters, New England (MTC). Film and television credits include All Good Things, Isn’t It Delicious, Gods and Generals, The Money Pit, A Shock to the System, Lots of Luck, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, Mary and Rhoda, The Cosby Show, all three Law & Orders and the soon to be released Geezer. Her award-winning short 35-mm film, Quiet, which she wrote, directed and edited has been seen in five film festivals and the Sundance Channel. This is her PTC- debut.

Christopher Kelly plays the mysterious Inspector Goole. Kelly’s Off-Broadway credits include Moby Dick (Drama Desk Nomination) and revival of Another Part of the Forest. Kelly has been seen in the world premieres of Grace, or the Art of Climbing, Great Wall Story, The Center of Gravity, and Pierre, and in regional theatres such as the Denver Center Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C. His television credits include Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Damages. He returns to PTC after appearing in A Few Good Men, The Foreigner, The Yellow Leaf, and Dracula.

John Evans Reese plays Eric Birling the Birlings’ youngest son. Reese’s New York credits include Way to Heaven (NYTimes Critic’s Pick), Master Harold…and the Boys; St. Joan; On the Razzle; Twelfth Night; The Importance of Being Earnest. Regionally he has been seen at Barrington Stage Company, The Kennedy Center and Cygnet Theatre. This is Reese’s PTC debut.

John Skelley plays Gerald Croft, Sheila Birling’s fiancé. Skelley’s Off Broadway credits include The Changeling, Desire, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet. Regionally he has performed at the Guthrie Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse and Florida Repertory. This is Skelley’s PTC debut.

Katie Wieland plays Shelia Birling the Birling’s daughter who has just become engaged to Gerald Croft. Wieland is a New York based actor who has performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Shakespeare on the Sound amongst others. This is her PTC’s debut.

ERICA CARVALHO, ISABELLA REEDER, KALIKA ROSE, KALI SCOTT, TORI SICKLICK and LAURA WITKOP round out the cast.

Erica Carvalho plays Edna, the maid of the Birling household. She is a senior in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah. University credits include Squealer in Animal Farm, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lois Fisher in The Children’s Hour, Miss Bott in Blue Stockings, Hamlet in Hamlet this coming April. Carvalho was most recently seen in PTC’s Play-By-Play reading of March Tale.

Isabella Reeder, Kalika Rose, Kali Scott, Tori Sicklick and Laura Witkop play the Factory Girls.

Guest artist MARY ROBINSON directs this production. Robinson has directed over sixty productions of both classics and new plays off-Broadway and in regional theatre. In New York she has directed Women on Fire by Irene O’Garden at the Cherry Lane; String Fever by Jacqueline Reingold at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher at Manhattan Theatre Club; Lemon Sky by Lanford Wilson (for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination) and Moonchildren by Michael Weller, both at Second Stage; A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow at Westside Arts; Copperhead by Erik Brogger at the WPA and Twelfth Night at Theatre for a New Audience. Robinson directed Of Mice and Men at PTC in 2012.

Scenic design is by guest artist JASON SIMMS. Simm’s New York credits include designing for The Public, The Cherry Lane, 2nd Stage Uptown, The Pearl Theatre Co., Ensemble Studio Theatre, Soho Playhouse, The New Ohio, The Wild Project and more. Regional productions include Outside Mullingar, 5000 Miles, and Venus in Fur (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), Ragtime, Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Bristol Riverside Theatre), and Dear Elizabeth (People’s Light and Theatre) and The Whale (Denver Center).

Costume design is by PTC’s resident costume designer Carol Wells-Day. Her many designs for PTC include this seasons Fiddler on the Roof and last season’s The Crucible and Peter and the Starcatcher. She has served as PTC’s resident designer and costume shop manager for twenty-five years.

Lighting design is by guest artist PHIL MONAT whose previous PTC productions include Outside Mullingar, Alabama Story, The Crucible, Man of La Mancha and Something’s Afoot. He has designed over five hundred productions in regional theatre throughout the country including productions at The Old Globe in San Diego, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Rep, The Arizona Theatre Co., The Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, The Huntington Theatre and Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Hair and makeup design is by PTC resident designer AMANDA FRENCH; sound design is by PTC resident designer JOSHUA C. HIGHT. ANDRA HARBOLD serves as Dramaturg for this production. And SARAH SHIPPOBOTHAM serves as Dialect Coach.

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MEDIA PHOTOS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD: High-resolution color photos of this production will be available for media use on the PTC website beginning Tuesday, February 9, 2016 after 3:00 p.m. Go directly to http://www.pioneertheatre.org/press-room/media-photos/ to view the photos.
TV CAMERA FILMING: Filming a short segment of the production during Preview or Opening Night for press use can be arranged. Call 801-581-7222.
INTERVIEWS: Interviews with the cast and artistic staff are available. Call 801-581-7222.

WHO:
Pioneer Theatre Company

WHAT:
An Inspector Calls
By J.B. Priestley

WHEN:
February 19 – March 5, 2016

TIMES:
Mondays – Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday matinees, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City

PRICES:
$25 – $44 in advance, and $5 more when purchased on the day of the show
Kids in grades K-12 are half-price on Mondays and Tuesdays

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT:
$5 off the cost of Main Floor and Loge seating for the first seven performances, when tickets are purchased on or before Friday, February 12 , 2016.

MORE INFO:
Box Office: 801-581-6961
Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
www.pioneertheatre.org

CAST:

Joseph Dellger*………………………………………… Arthur Birling
Mia Dillon*…………………………………………Sybil Birling
Christopher Kelly*…………………………………………Inspector Goole
John Evans Reese*…………………………………………Eric Birling
John Skelley*…………………………………………Gerald Croft
Latie Wieland*…………………………………………Shelia Birling
Erica Carvalho………………………………………… Edna
Isabella Reeder………………………………………… Factory Girl
Kalika Rose…………………………………………Factory Girl
Kali Scott…………………………………………Factory Girl
Tori Sicklick…………………………………………Factory Girl
Laura Witkop…………………………………………Factory Girl

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

ARTISTIC TEAM:

Director…………………………………………Mary Robinson
Scenic Designer………………………Jason Simms
Costume Designer……………………Carol Wells-Day
Lighting Designer…………………Phil Monat
Sound Designer…………………………Joshua C. Hight
Hair and Makeup Designer……Amanda French
Dramaturg………………………………………… Andra Harbold
Dialect………………………………………… Coach Sarah Shippobotham