The Clinton Herald
---- — MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse will open the summer’s second production this week.
“An Inspector Calls” will open Thursday at Timber Lake in Mount Carroll.
Chicago director Chuck Smith will direct 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.
“An Inspector Calls” takes place on a single night in 1912 in England — the exact week the 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. The play is a mystery about a prominent family’s secrets and a stranger who knows too much.
The 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 Timber Lake debut as Sybil in this mystery with social themes.
Jhoole will be showcased by the Mount Carroll Rotary Club. Jhoole is a non-profit organization, pioneering “Humanitarian Enterprise.” Selling handmade scarves and clothing, it is 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.
For tickets to “An Inspector Calls,” call the Timber Lake box office at (815) 244-2035 or visit the facility at 8215 Black Oak Road in Mount Carroll. Tickets also may be purchased at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays. A 3 p.m. matinee is offered on the first Saturday after the production opens.
Tickets are $23 for regular admission, $21 for seniors, and $17 for students.