The Turn of the Screw - an Adaptation of Henry James's Classic Ghost Story
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After writing Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow, the great dramatist David Mamet has come up with something completely surprising: a comedy! Mamet sinks all his considerable verbal skill into skewering the current political scene in November. It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for re-election are looking grim. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for life after the White House, Chuck isn't ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the president has to find time to pardon a couple of Thanksgiving turkeys, and this PR stunt inspires Smith to risk everything in attempt to win back public support. Get ready to crouch in your seats as zingers will fly during Mamet's scathing, hilarious and darkly brilliant November. Learn More
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Featured review from Greg
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The success of Jeffrey Hatcher’s riveting adaptation of the classic Henry James novella is wholly dependent upon the unity of purpose of its acting twosome. Both must be utterly committed to revealing the emotional reality of their characters without sacrificing the ambiguous supernatural elements suggested by the narrative.
I am happy to report that Katie Anderson and George Psarras are equally up to the task. Aided by minimal yet smartly designed production values, together they deliver an acting performance tantamount to a harmonious duet that’s operatic in scope. Bravo!
Mr. Psarras’ psychological intensity is apparent from the first line. His preternaturally seamless character transitions, accomplished by subtle physical manipulations and nimble vocal transformations, is most impressive!
And Ms. Anderson’s courageous willingness to completely inhabit the governess’ frightening emotional complexity is truly inspirational. She masterfully embraces her torment without making the mistake of lapsing into a caricature of total madness. Well done!
The debate about whether James’ ghosts are a product of tragic mental delusion or actual apparitions may never be satisfactorily resolved. But one thing is certain: the bravura acting talent currently on display at Dragon Productions is a perfect match for the compelling and beautifully written material. A genuinely gripping and memorable experience!
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Henry James
Featuring Katie Anderson & George Psarras
Described by Stephen King as "the quintessential ghost story," The Turn of the Screw became one of James's most famous works. Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation condenses Henry James's story into a heart-stopping ninety minutes with a very minimal setting and only two talented actors. The play is terrifying because each audience member's imagination brings the ghosts to life.
About the Ticket Supplier: Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Dragon Productions Theatre Company is a non-profit organization founded by Executive Artistic Director, Meredith Hagedorn. Since 1999, Dragon has been building a reputation for low-cost high-quality live theater entertainment. The new Dragon Theatre houses a 70-seat intimate theater area, a classroom and a studio space.