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Island Players cast
The cast of "An Inspector Calls" is ready for opening night at The Island Players Theater. - Tom Vaught | Sun

ANNA MARIA – The Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, presents “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley, directed by Heiko Knipfelberg and co-produced by The Off-Stage Ladies, from May 3 -13.

The setting is 1912 in England where a well-to-do family, eminently respected in their community, is subjected to what seems to be a routine inquiry in connection with the death of a young woman from the seedier side of town. When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the Birling family home, their peaceful engagement dinner party is shattered by his investigation. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.

“An Inspector Calls” was first staged in 1945 and has had numerous stagings since then. Most recently, after a five-year run in London, it closed just last year. Its continued success is due to the themes within that are more relevant now than ever. It’s a must-see for a whole new generation of theater-goers.

The cast includes Daniel Coppinger as Arthur Birling, Caroline Cox as Sybil Birling, Sylvia Marnie as Sheila Birling, Lucas Piety as Eric Birling, Colin Brady as Gerald Croft, Heiko Knipfelberg as Inspector Goole and Diane Phinney as Edna.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. On performance nights, the box office opens at 7 p.m. and for Sunday matinees, it opens at 1 p.m. Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted.

For reservations or information, call the box office at 941 778-5755 or visit the website.