Kaaterskill Actors Theater & Schoharie Creek Players present
For the upcoming Halloween season, Kaaterskill Actors Theater and the Schoharie Creek Players are proud to present a stage adaptation of Henry James’s classic tale of supernatural horror, A Turn of the Screw.  This is one of the most famous ghost stories ever written; more than 10 movies have been based on this work (The Innocents, The Others, In A Dark Place, etc.), and it was adapted as an opera by Benjamin Britten.  It concerns a young woman who is hired by a mysterious gentleman as governess to oversee two small orphans at a remote and crumbling mansion.  The results are not pretty... not pretty at all.  

The tale’s publication in 1898 caused quite a reaction.  The New York Times called the novella "a deliberate, powerful, and horribly successful study of the magic of evil, of the subtle influence of the sin with which this world is accursed."  The New York Tribune called it “one of the most thrilling stories we have ever read.” However, The Outlook called it “distinctly repulsive,” The Bookman “cruel and untrue,” and The Independent “the most hopelessly evil story that we could have read in any literature.”  

Jim Milton, who adapted and directed Moliere’s hilarious comedy, Tartuffe, last season, has taken this story of supernatural shock from the page to the stage with all of its chills intact.  And the central question of the story, whether the Governess is actually seeing the apparitions of her dead predecessors or is only imagining them as she slowly loses her sanity, remains as tantalizingly unresolved as it is in the original.