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“Turn of the Screw” makes for Chilling Hot Summer Nights

Dana Marks and David McClutchey star in spine tingling "Turn of the Screw"

Dana Marks and David McClutchey star in spine tingling "Turn of the Screw"

One intention of art is to make one reflect upon their experience, Jeffery Hatcher’s adaptation of Henry James’ “Turn of the Screw”, directed by Adam Twiss, leads you to wonder — are there ghosts or is insanity haunting the Bly Mansion.

It’s definitely enough to give you the chills.  Now add a spartan floor plan by Kristin Grieneisen and period costumes by Casey Watkins which play against subtle and sometimes eerie lighting by Curtis Jones in concert with the haunting sound design of Phil Valera and the five characters played by Dana Marks (governess) and David McClutchey (narrator, the Master, young Miles, and Mrs. Grose the housekeeper) and prepare to be mesmerized.

Dana Marks captivates the audience with her performance as the young governess determined to fulfill her commitment. You witness the unfolding of inner character as each ghastly day peels away another layer of innocence.

David McClutchey’s execution of character transitions is performed with stunning brilliance.  McClutchey’s transformations from character to character is so seamless that we forget that it’s the same actor and marvel that it’s the same actor.

This psychological ghost story, Hot Summer Nights’ third offering of the season, is simply spellbinding.

Turn of the Screw opens at the Kennedy Theatre on July 29th and runs through August 9th.  Wednesday through Saturday performances at 8 PM and Sunday matinees at 3 PM. Tickets are now on sale now through Ovation Tickets by calling 866-811-4111 or online at  Individual tickets are just $22.00. Senior Adults (65 and over), Military and Students (with valid ID) are $18.  Group discounts can be arranged by calling 919-633-6038.  The new musical Drift (Sept 12-20) premieres at the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College in Wilson, NC and closes the season at the Kennedy (Sept 23-27). For more information, please visit the Theatre’s website:

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