J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls takes place in one evening
in a prosperous house in a factory town in England in 1912. A man
calling himself Inspector Goole arrives to interrogate the Birling
family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, and we
gradually discover the family was responsible for her abandonment,
ruination, and eventual death.
Since the play focuses on the isolation between the upper classes
and the working classes, the set became an island in the middle
of the stage, seemingly floating above the deck. The raked floor
and some of the furniture were built in forced perspective to further
enhance the sense of unbalance.
A solitary, isolated streetlight off to the side gave us our first
look at the Inspector.
"George Ledo's set design is pleasing and elegant, and perfectly
suited to the story."
Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Hayward, CA