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The Turn of the Screw ()

Produced by

Against the Grain Theatre

Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Myfawnwy Piper
Director: Joel Ivany

Based on the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

First performance: Venice; September 14, 1954


The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse


May 24th, 2012 – May 27th, 2012


It is indeed ‘a curious story’, as the Prologue says. A remote English country house, an old and faithful housekeeper, two young orphan children and an eager new governess sent down from London to look after them. But all is not quite as it seems in the sheltered world of Bly. Spirits from the past increasingly encroach upon the realm of the living. And one question keeps worming its way into the governess’s mind: what exactly did happen between the children, their former governess and the deceased manservant, Peter Quint? (


Miriam Khalil The Governess
Megan Latham Mrs. Grose
Sebastian Gayowsky Miles
Johane Ansell Flora
Michael Barrett Peter Quint/Prologue
Betty Allison Miss Jessel

Creative Team

Benjamin Britten Composer
Myfawnwy Piper Librettist
Henry James Author
Joel Ivany Director
Christopher Mokrzewski Music Director
Jason Hand Lighting Designer
Camellia Koo Set Designer
Erika Connor Costume Designer
Amanda Smith Assistant Director


Christopher Mokrzewski Pianist


Meghan Speakman Stage Manager
Erin Birkenbergs Production Manager
Jenna Douglas Assistant Coach
Amanda Smith Assistant Stage Manager


Nancy Hitzig General Manager
Caitlin Coull Communications Advisor
Cecily Carver Community Engagement Advisor
Melanie Craighead Marketing
Melanie Craighead Scheduling Assistant