CBU to Perform a Halloween Mystery

Christian Brothers University (CBU) will open its 2011-2012 theater season with Jeffry Hatcher’s adaption of Henry James novella “The Turn of the Screw,” October 28-30.

“The Turn of the Screw,” a Victorian ghost story, contrives a young Governess who is employed to take care of two small children.  As the play unfolds, she slowly learns terrible secrets about the former Governess, the former Master’s valet and their relationship to the children.  The play stars only two actors, Jen Wood Bowien, drama instructor at Middle College High School as the Governess, and CBU freshmen, Nick Picou, who plays several characters including the narrator, Mrs. Gross, and ten-year-old Miles.

Double meanings are scattered throughout the play and the audience must unravel clues as to what is really happening.  Does the Governess really see ghosts or is she going insane?  Are the children innocent victims or are they plotting to destroy the Governess?  What dark secrets are the characters withholding from each other?  These are just a few of the questions sparked that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
“It is a very exciting play to work on, because every time I read it, I see something I didn’t see before.  The subtext in the play is very deep,” notes Mathew Hamner, visiting assistant professor in the Visual and Performing Arts department. “There are a lot of Victorian English issues that are present in the play such as repressed sexuality, class warfare, and of course-GHOSTS!  Be prepared to be surprised and shocked.”

Just in time for Halloween, the play runs Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for general admission and $1 for CBU students and faculty members with a valid ID. Tickets will be sold at the door, no reserved seating. For additional information, contact Matthew Hamner atmhamner@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3026. ###

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