Hissom and O’Donnell in ‘Turn of the Screw’

Two of Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s most familiar faces, Eric Hissom and Suzanne O’Donnell, will make up the cast for the Orlando Shakes production of The Turn of the Screw, coming in October.

The ghost story based on Henry James’s novella will open at Lowndes Shakespeare Center Oct. 13.

Here’s the story:

Eric Hissom and Suzanne O’Donnell star in
Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of The Turn of the Screw,
running October 13th through November 7th.

Just in time for Halloween, Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Jeffrey Hatcher’s The Turn of the Screw, a thrilling adaptation of Henry James’ classic ghost story.

As in James’ original 1897 novella, The Turn of the Screw tells the story of an inexperienced governess left to care for two orphaned children at an isolated mansion in the English countryside. Shortly after her arrival, the governess begins to see visions of two malicious ghosts who seem determined to posses the innocents in her care.  Resolved to save the children, she struggles to unravel the mystery of the ghosts’ motives and discover the key to destroying their power.

Described by Stephen King as “the quintessential ghost story,” The Turn of the Screw was originally published in serialized form and eventually became one of James’ most famous works.  James added a new spin to the traditional ghost story by writing it entirely from the governess’ perspective, leaving the reader to interpret her account’s accuracy and truthfulness. More than a century later, critical debate rages on over the nature of the ghosts, the complicity of the children, and the sanity of the governess.

The Turn of the Screw begins previews on Wednesday, October 13, opens officially Friday, October 15 and runs through Sunday, November 7 in the Goldman Theater.

The Turn of the Screw features Orlando audience favorites Eric Hissom (Wittenberg, King Lear, Moon for the Misbegotten) and Suzanne O’Donnell (Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, Othello) and is directed by Orlando Shakes resident artist, Anne Hering (Yankee Tavern).

An experienced production team joins the cast including Scenic Designer Bob Phillips, Costume Designer Denise R. Warner, and Lighting Designer Eric Haugen.
What: The Turn of the Screw
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
From the novel by Henry James

Where: Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the Goldman Theater
Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

When: October 13 – November 7, 2010 – ON SALE NOW!

Previews: October 13 and 14, 2010 at 7pm – all seats $16

Dates & Times: Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm – all seats $20, $28, $34
Friday and Saturday at 8pm – all seats $26, $32, $38
Sunday at 2pm – all seats $20, $28, $34

Senior Matinee: Wednesday, October 20 and 27, November 3 at 2pm – all seats $15

$20 Under 30: Friday, October 29, 2010
Tickets for that evening’s performance are just $20 for those
under 30 years old. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show happy hour featuring $2 beer and $3 wine.

Group Sales: 10% off for groups of 10-19; 20% off for groups of 20 or more

Student Rush: $10 – 30 minutes prior to show with valid student ID

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater Box Office is located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. From September 7-May 2, 2011, the Box Office hours are 12pm to show time, Tuesday-Saturday, and one hour prior to show time on Sundays for walk up sales. On non-performance days, the Box Office closes at 5pm. The Box Office will be closed on Mondays.

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