Scripps Ranch Theatre will present AN INSPECTOR CALLS, J.B. Priestley’s classic mystery thriller, March 23 – April 21, at its theater on the Alliant International University Campus.


Set in 1912, England, AN INSPECTOR CALLS introduces us to the wealthy Birling family. Their comfortable complacency is upset when Inspector Goole comes calling. An impoverished young working-class girl has committed suicide, and Goole hopes that the Birlings will help him find out why. As the evening progresses, a series of flashbacks reveals that each member of the Birling family has in some small way been responsible for Eva’s demise. One by one, the family is forced to reveal the part they played in causing the suicide and in doing so must face up to the selfish and inhumane manner in which they have been living their lives. A twist ending adds a mystical, thought-provoking touch to the proceedings.


AN INSPECTOR CALLS was first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union and 1946 in the UK. It is one of Priestley’s best known works for the stage and considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre. The play’s success and reputation has been boosted in recent years by a successful revival by English director Stephen Daldry for the National Theatre in 1992 and a tour of the UK in 2011-2012. Winner of Tony, Laurence Olivier, and Drama Desk Awards.


Directed by Daren Scott, “An Inspector Calls” features a cast that includes D. Candis Paule, Fred Harlow, Jill Drexler, Danielle DeCarlo, Jake Rosko, Joshua Jones and Cristyn Chandler.


Scott is a highly lauded San Diego actor, director, and photographer. He was recently nominated for a Critics Circle Award for his direction of OF MICE AND MEN at New Village Arts and has taken home multiple theatre awards for his acting (Critics Circle, Patte’, Playbill).


D. Candis Paule is making her Scripps Ranch Theatre debut in a gender-bending twist on “the Inspector” in question. Paule has made a name for herself in San Diego theatre, taking on unique and challenging roles – including another gender-bending twist as “Mr. Potter” in The Fritz Theatre’s retelling of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Paule is the President of San Diego Performing Arts League and casting director for Stu Segall Productions.


The rest of the cast features much-loved San Diego theater fixtures and SRT favorite actors: Jill Drexler (PAINTING CHURCHES, NOT NOW DARLING, LION IN WINTER), Fred Harlow (BROOKLYN BOY), Danielle DeCarlo (PERFECT WEDDING, NOT NOW DARLING and the upcoming MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS), Jake Rosko (PERFECT WEDDING), Joshua Jones (A FEMININE ENDING, ALMOST MAINE), and Cristyn Chandler (RETURN ENGAGEMENTS).


Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Scripps Ranch Theatre encourages patrons to make reservations early as performances sell out quickly. Tickets are $27 for general admission, $24 for students, seniors and active military. Group rates are available. For reservations, call the Scripps Ranch Theatre box-office at 858-578-7728 or visit the SRT website at: for additional information. All performances are held in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University (formerly United States International University) on Avenue of Nations in Scripps Ranch, one-half mile east of the I-15/Miramar-Pomerado Road exit.


Photo Credit: Daren Scott

Art Design Credit: Rob Conway

Photo/Poster: (top row) Jake Rosko, Danielle DeCarlo, Joshua Jones; (bottom row) Fred Harlow, Jill Drexler