Turn of the screw
October 23 – November 1, 2020
Adapted by Jeffrey Hacher
From the story by Henry James
Directed by Jared Sakren
A mystery man. An innocent, lonely young governess. And plenty of eerie apparitions.
“This horror-thriller leaves audiences on the edge of their seats throughout the 90 minute one act.” – Tom Williams, from Chicago Critic
The Turn of the Screw, Henry James’s novelette involving the supernatural, is one of a select number of short fictional works that have consistently attracted critical valuation. Henry James was a master of the subtly ambiguous, a quality that is especially evident in this particular work.
Artistic Director Jared Sakren uses projected backdrops in this adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher, which employs only two actors and transpires on a nearly bare stage. This five-camera shoot includes four fixed cameras and one roaming camera, providing the audience with a very personal and up-front view of the drama.
Gillian Eichenberger and Andre Amarotico* star in this two-person drama – Gillian as the governess, and Andre as all the other characters, including the housekeeper Mrs. Grose, and Miles, the young boy. 6th Street patrons will no doubt recognize these two actors from Sweeney Todd, our last production in March 2020.
This Monroe Stage live-streaming production is the first of the season for 6th Street Playhouse, in what will be a series of live-streamed events.
Cast & Crew Members
ANDRE AMAROTICO as multiple roles
Andre Amarotico* studied theatre at Stanford University. Recent roles include Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap (RVP), Bones in Treasure Island (SF Mime Troupe), Kenickie in Grease (Mountain Play), and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Throckmorton Theatre), and the title roles in Hamlet and Macbeth (Stanford). Andre received a TBA nomination for his work in The 39 Steps (RVP). Andre’s most recent appearance at 6th Street Playhouse was in Sweeney Todd.
GILLIAN EICHENBERGER as Governess
Gillian Eichenberger is lucky to work as a performance artist and youth theatre educator. She was recently seen as Frenchy in Grease with the Mountain Play; other favorites include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Roxie in Chicago, Miss Honey in Matilda, and April in Company. Gillian’s most recent appearance at 6th Street Playhouse was in Sweeney Todd.
*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.