Opening October 11th


The words are her own — written in her diary in faded ink on the pages of seven days. This is the story she tells. It is a story of terror… and horror… and death. It made my very heart— stop.


About the Show

A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. But she is not their first governess. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself when she became pregnant by the sadistic valet, Peter Quint, who was himself found dead soon after under mysterious circumstances. Now the new governess has begun to see the specters of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends before it is too late. But one frightening question torments the would-be heroine: Are the ghosts real, or are they the product of her own fevered imagination?
Based on the famous novella by Henry James, Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of The Turn of the Screw, is a taught and riveting piece of theatre. Performed with only two actors, the audience is constantly challenged to question their assumptions. Did you see something happen? Or did you just think that you saw something? What did he say? That doesn’t make any sense… ohhhhhhh! The Turn of the Screw is a great show for October, when the veil between here and there is just a little bit thinner. Take a look; you might see something a little surprising.

Tickets are available for October 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th at 8pm. Service begins at 7:30pm. The play runs approximately one hour and twenty minutes. There will be no intermission. Audience members are invited to meet with the director and actors after the performance. Tickets are $30 and include complimentary white or red wine (please be prepared to show ID), along with Desert and Snacks provided by the wonderful Chefs at The Guild House. Cafe Seating is extremely limited. Performing at The Guild House. 1905 18th Bakersfield, CA 93301.


Theatre in the Black is the means by which a group of professional artists are allowed to produce small, usually unknown, sometimes original, often visceral, occasionally dystopian, always compelling, and never mediocre works of theatre art. Theatre enhances our understanding of the human condition, it teaches empathy and it allows us to learn from experiences we have not lived. When theatre thrives everyone profits.