An Inspector Calls, the acclaimed British class-conflict thriller framed as an Edwardian ghost story, opens the 2023 season at Pentacle Theatre on Jan. 13.

Written by J.B. Priestly and directed at Pentacle Theatre by Isaac Joyce-Shaw, An Inspector Calls centers on a mysterious inspector who unexpectedly calls on a wealthy middle-aged English Midlands couple, their two young-adult children, their daughter’s fiancée and their maid, to question each person’s connection to a young girl’s suicide.

Set in 1912, Priestley’s classic character drama portrays the enigmatic Inspector Goole and the Birling family members as a metaphor for our own personal failure to accept our responsibility to others.

An Inspector Calls takes the formula of the murder mystery and the drawing room drama and turns them on their heads. It is a reminder that there is a world outside our own interests and wants,” said Isaac Joyce-Shaw.

Priestly wrote the show in the fall of 1944 as WWII was ending out of his belief that the circumstances that led to the war needed to change to prevent future conflicts.

The players

Gregory Jolivette as Inspector Goole, a mysterious police officer investigating the suicide of a young woman.

Robert Barnett as Arthur Birling, a wealthy factory owner and politician.

Simone Stewart as Syble Birling, the family matriarch with a superior attitude.

Lisa Gryshenko as Sheila Birling, a self-centered young woman who gains a new awareness of her responsibilities to others.

Jason (Kelly) Rock as Eric Birling, a young man with a drinking habit and questionable judgement.

Ty Hendrix as Gerald Croft, the son of Arthur’s business rival and engaged to Sheila.

Allison Reid as Edna, the Birling family maid.

Know before you go

What: An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestly.

  • Directed at Pentacle Theatre by Isaac Joyce-Shaw.
  • Sponsored by The Family of Alice Mary Norton.

When: Friday, Jan. 13 – Saturday, Feb. 4.

  • Evening performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.
  • Doors open 45 minutes before curtain. Show runs 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW. off Highway 22 about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.

Tickets online: Buy e-tickets at or call

  • Tiered ticket prices range from $17 to $37.
  • Frontline healthcare workers, student and people who hold an Oregon Trail Card are eligible for a 50 percent discount.
  • Last minute decision to see the show? Rush tickets are half price 15 minutes before curtain.

Audience suitability: An Inspector Calls is suitable for ages 13+ who can handle discussions of suicide, prostitution and rape.

Pentacle Theatre COVID policies:

Masks are recommended and encouraged

  • Pentacle Theatre appreciates all patrons and volunteers who choose to wear masks to protect others.

If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.

  • We can exchange your tickets for a date when you feel better.