Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1900-1910
Settings Of Play - The middle years of the nineteenth century. All locations are present simultaneously on one simple unit set which will represent at various times a residence in Harley Street, London, a bench in Regent’s Park, and several locations at Bly, a country house in Essex.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Intense Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Peter Quint is sent by his lifelong employer, the Master of Bly, to be the servant in charge of a remote English country house where Miss Jessel has just arrived to be governess to the orphaned children of the master's brother. The ultimately deadly love triangle that results forms a darkly funny and erotic Gothic love story. These are the lovers who haunt Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. Quint is brilliant, sardonic and angry, a man of great abilities trapped by birth into a subservient role he hates. Miss Jessel is beautiful, headstrong, troubled, and deeply infatuated with the master. As Quint and Miss Jessel's affair develops, the rivalry between servant and master builds to a frightening and haunting climax.
Quint and Miss Jessel at Bly was first produced at Theatre X in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March and April 2000. It was
directed by John Kishline. In June and July 2001, the play was produced at The People’s Light And Theatre Company in Malvern, Pennsylvania, directed by Peter De Laurier. The play was produced by Random Arts, Inc. at Theatre 22 in its New York City Premiere in April 2002, directed by Nicole Lerario.