The Turn of The Screw
Created collaboratively by the Company
Adapted by Bradley Michalakis from the novella by Henry James
Directed by Afsaneh Aayani and Adam J. Thompson

World Premiere

Ticket Price

We Suggest $35
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3400 Main St
Houston, TX 77002


Nov 17, 2023 -
Dec 9, 2023

Cast & Personnel

Music Direction
Original Music
Puppet Direction
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Costume Assistant
Lighting Design
Video Design
Video Programmer
Associate Video Designer
Sound Design
Prop Design
Stage Manager
Camera Operator
Technical Director/Builder

The Play

A new environmental and multimedia theatrical adaptation of Henry James’s celebrated Gothic ghost story. In Victorian England, a young governess journeys to the isolated country estate of Bly to caretake two orphaned children. In time, she begins to witness mysterious apparitions of human figures on the estate grounds and startling and troubling changes in the behaviors of her young charges.
The Turn of the Screw combines environmental staging, toy theatre, puppetry, live cinema, and a haunting soundscape into a meditation on the tipping point between artifice and reality.
Conceived by New York City-based creative director and multimedia designer Adam J. Thompson, co-directed by Catastrophic core artist Afsaneh Aayani and Thompson, with book by dramatist and dramaturg Bradley Michalakis, and featuring an original score by Hessam Dianpour, this new The Turn of the Screw is an invitation to join the seance as performers and guests unite to manifest one of the world’s most celebrated and hotly contested ghost stories.

The Playwright

BRADLEY MICHALAKIS is a producer, director, and dramaturg currently serving as the Literary Manager for Alley Theatre in Houston. Bradley has worked with Delaware REP, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, The Acting Company, and Theater For A New Audience. For years he produced live music and comedy events with Brooklyn based production company Loop Troupe.

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