Newton Nomadic Theater, a traveling troupe, put on a spellbinding performance of The Turn of the Screw at the Waban Library Center this past Friday night, February 20th. The Library was a perfect setting for this Gothic tale for the 25 rapt audience members.
Billy Meleady, a well known and award winning local actor, and Marge Dunn, also a gifted local actor, both turned in terrific performances. Marge played the governess with great imagination and Billy played all remaining roles, from an elderly housekeeper to a young boy – quite a tour de force. Billy also directed.
Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the Henry James novella for the stage. The play tells the story of a governess caring for two young children in a sinister country house haunted by the two ghosts with the obligatory housekeeper and absent uncle. It captures the feel of the period and the supernatural very well.
The Nomadic Theater will put on several more performances around Newton over the next several weeks. It’s well worth trying to catch it. More information is available at the Newton Nomadic Theater’s web site.