Turn of the Screw

Show Overview

Turn of the Screw
by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the novel by Henry James

Theatrical Tour-de-Force Thriller

“Riveting…leaves audiences on the edge of their seats” - NY Times

A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. She starts to see ghosts of former governesses haunting them.
Are the ghosts real or a product of her imagination?
Hatcher’s ingenious use of just two actors accentuates a feeling of the Governess against the world!

Features LNT favorites Christopher Scheer and Laura Erle.

A MainStage Production
Curtain 7:30pm Thu-Sat; 2pm Sun Apr 25–May 12

Production Team

Directed by Kim Allen Bent

with Christopher Scheer and Laura Erle

Stage Manger: Stevie De
Scenic Designer: Donna Stafford
Costume Designer: Charis Churchill
Lighting Designer: David Schraffenberger
Music Designer: Tim Tavcar

produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Scoop Info

So Excited for our Opening Night Gala - celebrating the start of our 2019 Season and The Turn of the Screw - with special guest Chris Bohjalian!

A fundraiser for LNT, The Gala features catered reception, remarks & time with national best-selling author & playwright Chris Bohjalian, the show, and a post-show party with the Cast & Production Team - featuring "Turn of the Screw-Drivers!"
Get your tickets HERE

Based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror and innocence lost within the strict mores of Victorian England, this adaptation gives the famous story yet another turn of its own. A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. But she is not their first governess. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself when she became pregnant by the sadistic valet, Peter Quint, who was himself found dead soon after under mysterious circumstances. Now the new governess has begun to see the specters of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends before it is too late. But one frightening question tortures the would-be heroine: Are the ghosts real, or are they the product of her own fevered imagination?
"Chilling psychological thriller honors Henry James’ tale" - Chicago Critic

Buzz Info

 "Riveting thriller leave audiences on the edge of their seats throughout the 90 minute one act!" - Chicago Critic

"It is hard to think of an interpretation of Henry James' famously eerie novella THE TURN OF THE SCREW that is more in keeping with James' own intent…Jeffrey Hatcher could have been taking his cues directly from James' preface to the story: 'Only make the reader's general vision of evil intense enough, and his own experience, imagination, sympathy and horror will supply him quite sufficiently with all the particulars.' The key word is imagination. In this beautifully executed adaptation…the audience [is] forced, through subtly ambiguous shadings, to vividly project what is cleverly left unseen and unspoken.

A dazzling act of the imagination. Mr. Hatcher has pushed James' clever turn to its furthest degree."
—The New York Times


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