Westport's The Turn of the Screw Begins Performances Oct. 11

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Henry James' thriller, The Turn of the Screw, haunts the stage of the Westport Country Playhouse beginning Oct. 11.

The two-hander stars Charlotte Parry (Coram Boy, The Real Thing) and Tom Beckett (Epic Proportions, The Father) under the direction of Loy Arcenas, who also provides set design for the Westport mounting.

Jeffrey Hatcher's stage work, adapted from the original 1898 story by Henry James, follows "a young, naïve governess, [who] journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. The story she tells – which was 'written in a diary in faded ink' – is a story of terror and horror. The details of the diary – a letter, a locket, a riddle and a name – weave a chilling story that reveals unexplained mysteries about the house’s extraordinary past," according to press notes.

"The Turn of the Screw is pure theatre," said Tazewell Thompson, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, in a statement. "Pure theatre that starts from a gem of a story, given new life and new meaning on the stage, by brilliant actors. You won't always be certain what you're seeing, but you won't dare look away."

The creative team includes Candace Donnelly (costume design), Robert Wierzel (lighting design) and Fabian Obispo (sound design and musical composition).

Following the 3 PM matinee on Oct. 14, Westport artistic director Tazwell Thompson will moderate a free discussion about James' writings and the current stage production. Joining Thompson for the discussion will be panelists Hatcher, Turn of the Screw playwright; Michelle Loris, professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University; and George Monteiro, professor at Brown University and former president of The Henry James Society. The Turn of the Screw will play the Westport Country Playhouse through Oct. 27. Tickets are available by calling (203) 227-4177 or by visiting www.westportplayhouse.org.

The Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, in Westport, CT.

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