Chicago-based actor Dan Waller plays Inspector Goole in ‘An Inspector Calls,’ which opens Jan. 12 at Waterfront Playhouse. CONTRIBUTED

After the success of last season’s “Clue,” the Waterfront Playhouse on Mallory Square will again produce a mystery. This season it is one of the best-known works for the stage and is considered one of the classics of mid-20th century English theater:  JB Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls.” The show opens Thursday, Jan. 12 and runs through Jan. 28. A sneak preview with reduced ticket price will take place Wednesday, Jan. 11.

New for the Waterfront this season, “locals’ performances” will be on the Thursday evenings after the opening and the new 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets for these performances are $40 per person. Tickets for other performances are between $55-$75 depending on seating. 

Taking place on a single night in 1912, the play focuses on the prosperous upper middle-class Birling family. They receive a visit from a man calling himself Inspector Goole who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman in her mid-20s.

The Birling family will be played by David Black, last appearing at the Waterfront Playhouse in “Matilda: The Musical”; Barbara Mundy, who was seen in “Clue”; Jillian Todd, last seen in “Rock of Ages”; and J. Michael Wright (“Something Rotten!”).

Arthur Crocker, last seen in “Something Rotten,” will play Gerald Croft. Key West High School student Mia Cawley will play the role of Edna. 

Dan Waller will appear as Inspector Goole. Waller is a Chicago-based actor, making his Waterfront Playhouse debut. Select theatrical credits include: the world premiere of Frank Galati’s adaptation of “East of Eden” at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the world premiere of Will Eno’s “Gnit” at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Waller also has several recent film and television credits.

“An Inspector Calls” is directed by Patrick New, who last directed “Sex with Strangers” at the Waterfront. Design is by Michael Boyer, lighting design by Chris Hodge, gowns are by Gann Monroe and Andrew Theede is serving as production stage manager.

“An Inspector Calls” at Waterfront Playhouse
Jan. 12-28 with a sneak preview on Jan. 11.
Visit waterfrontplayhouse.org or call 305-294-5015 for tickets and information.