The Turn of the Screw
Published by Dramatists Play Service
1 Male 1 Female
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?
"In his thoughtful adaptation of Henry James' spooky tale, Jeffrey Hatcher does away with the supernatural flummery, exchanging the story's balanced ambiguities about the nature of reality for a portrait of psychological vampirism " ~ Boston Globe