The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
From the novel by Henry James
Directed by Christopher Ostrom
October 19–29, 2017
Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
$20-$35; students $12

“Just in time for Halloween, Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw,” playing this week at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, is a ghost story to not only haunt you but perplex you.” Cape Cod Times

“They have distilled the essence of James’ dense and challenging prose and shaped the play into a psychological thriller of weaponized intensity.” Provincetown Banner

“The mind is a powerful instrument, and in The Turn of the Screw, Henry James uses it to his full advantage with his characters and his audience.” Cape Cod Chronicle

Based on the provocative tale of suspense and horror, 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?

With Joe Pietropaolo (Around the World in 80 DaysMoby-Dick) and Kelsey Torstveit (I Am a Camera)

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This fall Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater collaborates with The Open University of Wellfleet to offer our friends the opportunity both to see the play and learn more about it in depth.

In conjunction with the production of The Turn of the Screw, receive a $20 discount on registration for the Open University of Wellfleet course, “Interpreting The Turn of the Screw,” with John Dennis Anderson, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 from 2-4 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall.

The class will deepen your understanding of both text and play as you learn about the long-standing, twisting critical debates on how to interpret this endlessly fascinating story, exploring its historical and biographical contexts for clues to its interpretation.

Classes are filling up! Go to for more information about the course and to register. Be sure to mention WHAT to save $20 on your course registration.

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