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An Inspector Calls
by J. B. Priestley

What?

Amidst a small family gathering, celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft, the Birling family's home gets invaded by an unexcpectant visitor. Inspector Goole, a detective with the Brumley police department, bursts onto the scene and reports of an alleged suicide of a young woman. A sequence of ruthless interrogations and merciless questions ultimately reveals the dead woman might be no stranger to the members of the Birling family.

"An Inspector Calls" was first produced in 1946 when society was undergoing far-reaching changes. While holding its audience with the gripping tension of a detective thriller, it is also a philosophical play about social conscience and the crumbling of middle class values.

This production is presented due to special arrangement with United Agents LLP, London, UK.

When?

Feb 15 — 29, 2020

Where?

Theater Spielraum
Kaiserstraße 46, 1070 Wien

Language

  • English

Info

  • Recommended minimum age: 12 years
  • 1 interval(s), 20 minutes each
  • Total approx. length: 130 minutes

Subject

  • classic
  • comedy
  • drama

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CAST

Amy Scott-Smith
Inspector Goole
Dennis Kozeluh
Arthur Birling
Anne Weiner
Sible Birling
Lisa Sigismondi
Sheila Birling
Tom Middler
Eric Birling
Tom Crawley
Gerald Croft
Nicola Segúr-Cabanac
Edna

Amy is an Australian born actress, and a graduate of the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney.

Since graduating she has appeared in US and Australian television and film, and has an extensive list of Australian theatre credits to her name, including touring as Lady Macbeth, and most recently portraying Karen in 'August: Osage County'. Amy now resides in Germany, where she is set to perform in Neil LaBute's 'Bash' later this year.

This is Amy's debut performance with Open House Theatre.

Dennis Kozeluh was born in Missoula, Montana in 1958 and, after studying Latin and Greek, took a degree in music/vocal performance at the University of Montana. The Chamber Chorale from the U of M spent a post-graduate semester in Vienna in 1983, and Dennis remained in Vienna to study with Otto Edelmann at Vienna’s Hochschule für Musik. Since then, Dennis has been active in the theatre, music and musical theatre world throughout central Europe. He has performed in light and contemporary opera (Wiener Volksoper, Wiener Festwochen, Neue Flora Hamburg) and operetta (Badener Stadttheater, Bad Ischl Operettensommer), theatre, film, and predominantly musical (Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Opera Nationale du Rhin, Strasbourg, Theater des Westens Berlin, Musical Dom Köln, etc.), where he has played mostly strong characters, bad and good: M. Firmin in Phantom, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Reverend Moore in Footloose, Van Helsing in Dracula, and Captain Andy in Showboat, to name a few. Most recently Dennis played the manager of a world-class pop star (Bodyguard das Musical in Cologne), an evil genie (Aladdin und seine Wunderlampe in Baden), a gifted abstract expressionist (RED at the Theater Drachengasse) and a U.S. Army colonel in Codename:Ashcan at the Theater National Luxembourg. He directed and played Stanley in this year´s benefit production of A Bedfullof Foreigners at the MUTH. He has appeared in films such as Underworld, Thank You for Bombing and The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich and at Vienna’s English Theatre, and written and directed for the VBW, the Wiener Metropol, Kabaret Simpl, and the Vindobona. Dennis is a founding member of the Vienna-based improvisational group English Lovers. He lives in a small community east of Vienna with his wife, Anne, his three kids, and three cats, not necessarily in that order.

Born In Austria, Anne grew up and attended stage and ballet schools in England. She started dancing aged 3, joined the school choir aged 7 and appeared professionally in the pantomime Cinderella at 15. Early stage productions include Jesus Christ Superstar, Die Dreigroschenoper and Kiss me Kate and more recently with Open House Theatre The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest. Anne has also danced at the Volksoper, the Wiener Festwochen and the Sommerfestspiele in Bad Ischl. She is a founding member of the Vienna impro group The English Lovers (Blind Date, Exposure etc.) and created the role of Charlotte Andersen in the improvised film Another One Opens. She has appeared on ORF Television as a dancer (Die Peter Kraus Show, etc.) and as an actress (Die Heiße Spur). Voiceovers include On Earth - The Loose Collective, Creators, the Past - ArtUniverse and the documentaries Golden Genes - LucFilm and Wings of Samothraki - Kipos Film.

Lisa Sigismondi was born and raised in Vorarlberg. After completing her Matura she moved to Vienna to study acting. She graduated from the bilingual acting school 1stFilmacademy in 2017 and has worked as an actor, assistant director and make-up artist. Lisa had her English language theatre debut in Power, Fame & Sex as the character of Sex, which was staged in Vienna and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It seems she has a soft spot for socio-critical plays as she has worked on a quite a few others, too. She was the assistant director of Helver’s Nacht that deals with fascism and disability, played Protagonist C in Regained Paradise Lost which also discusses fascism and it’s societal consequences, and was the assistant director and a cast member of Täter which tackles the topic of childhood sexual abuse. Her acting roles include Thomas Jongik’s Täter (Tochter), Hugo Hofmansthal Jedermann (mother’s companion), Fabio Zoccola’s Regained Paradise Lost (Protagonist C), Thor Truppel’s Wo ist Miss Froy? (Iris Heine) and others. Lisa also studies English and American Studies at the University of Vienna.

Tom was born and raised in the UK, and his acting training was done in Wales and in North Carolina, USA, before he moved over to Vienna to join Open House Theatre in 2014. Since then he's played many memorable roles with us, including Tom in A Glass Menagerie (Williams), John in Brothers of Thunder (Ann Marie di Mambro), Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet (Conan Doyle / Neumayr), and Tristan in The Effect (Lucy Prebble). Aside from acting, Tom works as a voice over artist, and also adapted and directed last year's well-received stage version of A Christmas Carol, a challenge which he once again undertook for 2019. He also spends some time in front of the microphone reading the news or talking about football for national broadcaster ORF, or his channel "The Other Bundesliga".

Tom is a Vienna-based actor, director, writer and translator. Born in London, he moved to Austria after graduating from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in English Language and Literature. Previous credits with Open House Theatre include various roles in A Christmas Carol and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest. Other theatre roles include Victor in Private Lives (Art4Charity/Vienna's English Theatre), Giles in The Mousetrap and Cliff in Look Back in Anger (both at the International Theatre, Vienna). TV work includes Steiermark – Verbunden über alle Grenzen (ORF/Universum History), and Tom co-wrote and starred in the recent short film I Can’t Do This (Traum & Wahnsinn). Directing credits include Blasted by Sarah Kane for Mental Eclipse Theater House at TheaterArche, Iz by Oliver Emanuel and Bella and the Beautiful Knight, by the same author, for vienna theatre project at Theater Drachengasse.

Nicola was born in New York and did her best to retain her bilingual nature despite the family’s move to Austria. She was first introduced to the stage at the age of nine, playing in a local chil-dren’s theatre group. After getting the chance to be on stage for a production in the Landestheater Linz, she gave into the call of the stage and graduated from Vienna’s SunriseStudios für Schauspiel, Tanz und Gesang in 2015. Her debut in the English language saw her as Hattie in LaundryandBourbon/Lone Star. Other performances include the musical Nine, Ballet Days Wien and Ein Schritt Weiter in Linz. Nicola has performed with Open House Theatre in previous productions of A Christmas Carol, The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, as well as multiple children’s productions and summer Shakespeare (in German) at Ausee.

CREATIVE

Owen Lindsay
Director
Robert G. Neumayr
Production Manager
Alix Martin
Production Manager
Anne Marie Sheridan
Production Assistant
Katharina Kappert
Costume Designer
Jessica Bannister-Pearce
Lights & Sound

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Owen grew up in New Zealand after his family moved there when he was very young. Always interested in art and creativity, he took up creative writing as a teenager and developed an ambition to become a film-maker, becoming the youngest student ever accepted to the New Zealand Film and Televsion Training School in 1995, at the age of 17.

After studying English and Performing Arts at the University of Auckland, he continued to work and study the craft of theatre, both onstage and off, and also obtained an MA in Acting from the Drama Centre London.

As an actor he has performed on stages in New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe, and as a director he has worked on both Theatre and Opera productions. www.restlessxtc.com

Robert studied musical theatre at Performing Arts Studios Vienna. After graduating, engagements took him to the Raimund Theater, Theater der Jugend, Opera Graz, Volkstheater and the off-theatre scene in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Bolzano and Ljubljana. He’s been working as an author and director for the past few years, and one of his latest directorial endeavors took him to the renowned Volksbühne Berlin. Directing credits include The Right Job, The Turn of the Screw, A Christmas Carol; the Austrian premieres of The Timekeepers, Hypnosis, Brothers of Thunder, and Hochgeschätztes Tiefpar-terre, as well as the European Premiere of STRAIGHT last season. Robert’s next big project is the direction of the European premiere of The Suitcase/Der Koffer at Dschungel Wien next year in March. He is also Open House Theatre’s Joint Creative Director.

Alix Martin was born and raised in Los Angeles. She started her artistic career at a young age, attending the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute and graduating from the prestigious L.A. County High School for the Arts. Alix continued her education at theUCLA School for Theater, Film & Television and the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has worked with Obie-Award winning Theatre X, the Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Bialystock & Bloom and Open House Theatre, among others. Her favorite roles include Inez in No Exit (Nevermore), Malali in The Afghan Women (InTandem), Sorel in Hay Fever (Chamber Theater), Molly in Line (Theater X) and the title role of Miss Jessel in the world-premiere production of Quint and Miss Jessel at Bly (Theater X). She was most recentlyseen on the Vienna stage in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues as Dancer. Alix works as an actress and producer for theatre and film, a TV presenter, and as a voice-over artist. She joined the board of Open House Theatre in 2019 as the American Drama Representative

Irish soprano Anne Marie is one of the founding members of Restless Ecstasy. She studied at the Conservatory of Music, Dublin, under the tutelage of Mary Brennan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance with First Class Honours, and received the Paul McNamara gold medal for excellence in performance. She completed her Masters in Voice at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of Dennis O'Neill.

Roles include First Mother Dead Man Walking​ and Handmaiden Turandot​ (Opera Ireland), Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte ​(Longborough Opera Festival on tour), Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito (Giornata Opera), La Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro (Zêzere Arts Festival), Helena A Midsummer Night's Dream (Co-Opera Co.), Angelica Suor Angelica (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Zêzere Arts Festival), Madame Silberklang Der Schausieldirektor and La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi​ (St. Paul's Summertime Opera), Mimi La Boheme (Verdandi Camerata), Frau Fluth Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar) and Violetta La Traviata ​(Mediterranean Opera Festival).

She was a prizewinner at the Ballymena Feisceoil and the Feis Ceoil and reached the semi-final of the Inaugural Elizabeth Connel Prize for Dramatic Sopranos.

Anne Marie recently made her acting debut in an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Open House Theatre Vienna.

CD credits include The Silver Hound: songs by Betty Roe

www.annemariesheridan.com

Katharina studied at the Modeschule Michelbeuern, as well as studying Theatre, Film & Media at the Universität Wien. Since working as a costume assistant at Vienna’s Volkstheater and Volksoper between 2009 and 2014, she has gone on to be responsible for the lead costume design for various productions at the Schubert Theater, Volkstheater (Träumt? and Die Radiofamilie), Bronski & Grünberg (Familie Schroffenstein, Wiener Blut, etc.) and many other well-known theatres. Katharina worked with Open House Theatre on our summer Shakespeare production in 2018. www.katharina-kappert.com

Jessica is a bit of a theatre veteran, having spent most of her adult life working in the theatre in one job or another. As comfortable off stage as on, there are few things she hasn’t done to the keep a show running. She grew up in the South Wales valleys, training in performing arts at a local college. From there she’s had a varied career, highlands include working at the Edinburgh fringe festival as a lighting tech, writing a 30 minute comedy Western version of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, and finally teaching drama to young students. She moved to Vienna in 2016 with her wife Lynda and Geri the African Grey parrot. These days she’s never happier that being surrounded by tech or being in a theatre. If she can do both, its even better. Away from The stage, Jessica works as a aviation journalist and a 3D game asset designer. Jessica has become a regular at Open House Theatre, having previously worked on ‘The Effect’ and 'A Christmas Carol'.