STRANGE WINDOW: The Turn of the Screw (2017-2018)

A new interpretation of the gothic ghost story, Strange Window creates a stage experience that mirrors the seductive ambiguity of the original chilling tale: Are ghosts real? Is the governess mad? And what terrors—sexual, violent, projected, displaced or denied—are enacted along the way? On stage a governess alone with two children tells her story, deploying the actors and media wizardry of The Builders Association to create the world of her memory, defending her sanity, while holding the audience in her candlelit spell.

It is a tale for our time, in which the fabric of reality is contested and ‘truth’ has become one option among many. Henry James’s world of close observation and psychological nuance is performed, reflecting and refracting the great old house, the children, and the apparitions seen or unseen.

“I remember the whole beginning as a succession of flights and drops…”

Contributing Artists

Based on The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
Written by James Gibbs
Directed by Marianne Weems
Adapted by Moe Angelos, James Gibbs & Marianne Weems

Video Design by Austin Switser
Sound Design and Original Music Composition by Dan Dobson
Scenic Design by Neal Wilkinson
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton
Costume Design: Andreea Mincic

Performed by Moe Angelos, Sean Donovan, Hannah Heller and Lucia Roderique
Introducing Joe Solava and Finley Tarr

Assistant Director: Eleanor Bishop
Technical Director: Carl Whipple
Associate Video Designer: Jesse Garrison
Production Stage Manager: Max Pendergast
Associate Dramaturg: Tyler Thomas

Additional Contributing Artists: Sipiwe Moyo, Asher and Ellie Brown-Harwood

For The Builders Association:
Morgan Lindsey Tachco, Managing Producer Katherine Brook, Managing Director
James Gibbs, Company Dramaturg


Co-commissioned by The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BAM for the 2018 Next Wave Festival, and co-produced by the Arts Division of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and 3LD Art & Technology Center.

This program was made possible with support from public funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Institutional support provided by the GoodWorks Foundation and Curtis W. McGraw Foundation.

Special thanks to The Performing Garage.


BAM Harvey Theater
Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, NY

OCTOBER 13 & 14
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
World Premiere

JUNE 16 – 23
3-Legged Dog
New York, NY