The Turn of the Screw
by Filigree Theatre

Jan. 31 - Feb. 09, 2020
Thursdays-Sundays

Based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality, this adaptation give 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. She learns that she is not the children’s first governess and that her predecessor, along with her debauched lover, died under mysterious circumstances.  Before long, the Governess begins to see the spectors whom she believes are tormenting the children in her care. One frightening questions tortures the young Governess - are the ghosts real or are they the product of her own fevered imagination? 

 

The Filigree Theatre, the Austin-based, women-led, independent theatre company announces their Season Three Winter Production: "The Turn of the Screw," by Jeffrey Hatcher, to be directed by The Filigree Theatre Founding Artistic Director, Elizabeth V. Newman and will star Austin actors James Lindsley and Paulina Fricke-Fox. Tickets for this production will be available for purchase Jan. 1 2020 on The Filigree Theatre website and directly via Eventbrite. The audience is invited to join the director, cast and crew for complimentary cookies and champagne following each performance.

 

"The Turn of the Screw," adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Henry James novella, is a provocative tale of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality. With actors James Lindsley (as "Man") and Paulina Fricke-Fox (as "Governess"), Director Elizabeth V. Newman's production gives the famous story yet another turn of its own. In "The Turn of The Screw," a young Governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. Before long, she learns of the dark history and unspeakable secrets that haunt this isolated estate. She soon begins to feel the presence of evil spectors, whom she believes are tormenting the children in her care. At the same time, she, herself, is tortured by a frightening question: are the ghosts real or are they the product of her own fevered imagination?

 

"It is thrilling to be directing Hatcher's adaptation of 'The Turn of the Screw' and to work within the playwright's mandate that the production be as spare and austere as possible, leaving much to darkness and to the imagination for this mid-winter's ghost story," said Elizabeth V. Newman, the show's director. "It is a wonderful reminder about the power of live theatre and about how little one really needs to create a piece that is both compelling and frightening."

 

Alayna McNamara (Stage Manager), Jennifer Rose Davis (Costume Design), Alison Lewis (Lighting Design) and Bernadette Nason (Dialect Coach) round out the all-female design team for this production.

The Filigree Theatre Founding Artistic Director Elizabeth V. Newman

 

ABOUT FILIGREE'S THIRD SEASON

"Connecting to the past; planting the seeds of the future."

The Filigree Theatre's annual season is structured to connect the Past, Present and Future of theatre over the course of a three-show season. Each season is comprised of: FALL (Past) represented by a play from the theatre canon; WINTER (Present) represented by a play that is the work of a playwright living/working today and SPRING (Future) represented by a play that is a world premiere. Each season is tied together with a common theme that runs throughout the three shows. Filigree's Third Season theme is "Fear & Fearlessness.""

"Connecting to the past; planting the seeds of the future."

This season kicked off this FALL with a sold-out production of "Fefu and Her Friends" by prolific Cuban-American playwright, Maria Irene Fornes and will be rounded out with the World Premiere of Charlie Thurston's "Lifted" in April as the SPRING show.

 

 


The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Filigree Theatre

Thursdays-Sundays,
January 31 - February 09, 2020
Romy Suskin Photography Studio
2617 S. First St.
Austin, TX, 78704

Jan. 30 - Feb. 9, 2020 at Romy Suskin Photography Studio (2617 S. First St., Austin, Texas 78704), Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. Ticket information forthcoming. (December 14, 2019)