“I quite agree—in regard to Griffin’s ghost, or whatever it was—that its appearing first to the little boy, at so tender an age, adds a particular touch. But it’s not the first occurrence of its charming kind that I know to have involved a child. If the child gives the effect another turn of the screw, what do you say to TWO children—?”
The Main Scoop
The Turn of the Screw is the tale of a governess in charge of Flora and Miles in their Bly country home owned by their uncle. Their uncle has instructed the governess he is not to be disturbed with the matters of his niece and nephew.
Upon her arrival, the governess meets Mrs. Grose, the housekeeper and the charming Flora. She is told that Miles has been expelled from school and will be arriving at the estate shortly. As the governess gets to know her new charges and her new home, she notices two figures that appear frequently all over the estate. From what she has been told, the governess deduces the two figures are none other than the former governess and the former valet. Both of whom are now deceased. The governess also learns from Mrs. Grose that former employees have a certain type of relationship with the children, which makes the governess think that it might be possible Flora and Miles see the supposed ghosts, too. As the governess unravels the mystery around these appearances and strange happenings, she is led down a dark, disturbing and mysterious path.
Nothing may actually be as it seems…
The Big Reviews
“True, spine-chilling horror, with bumps that really bump and sleights of hand that you didn’t expect, or did expect.” – The Telegraph
“The magic of James’s story, showing a governess put in charge of young Miles and Flora, lies in its dark, suggestive power.” – The Guardian
“The unsettling power of the original novella stems from the hintedness of the horrors and from its profound ambiguity.” – The Independent
The Author – Henry James
The Turn of the Screw was published in 1898 by Henry James. James became widely famous in North America and Europe, graduating with degrees from Harvard and Oxford Universities in the 1910s. He is regarded as one of the key figures and leaders of Realism. He mostly wrote short stories and novels: Roderick Hudson (1875), The American(1877), A Little Tour In France (1884), The Tragic Muse (1890), and The Altar of the Dead(1895). He also wrote autobiographies: A Small Boy And Others (1913), Notes Of A Son And Brother (1914), and The Middle Years (1917). He was awarded the Order of Merit by King George V in 1916.
The Playwright – Jeffrey Hatcher
Jeffrey Hatcher is originally from Ohio. His many award-winning plays have been performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway. His works include Three Viewings, Scotland Road, A Picasso, Neddy, Korczak’s Children and Mercy of a Storm. Hatcher also wrote the book for the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance and the musical, ELLA. In 1994, he wrote The Turn of the Screw. At first, Hatcher actually aspired to be an actor and went to school at NYU to pursue his dreams. A few years later he moved to Minneapolis for a fellowship from the Playwrights Center, which paved the way for him to become a playwright.
WHEN: January 29 – February 7
TIME: All shows at 7:30pm (Thursday – Saturday)
WHERE: The Underground (506 W. Michigan Street)
BUY: Online at duluthunderground.org, call 218.733.7555, or stop by 506 W. Michigan Street in-person.