The Newton Nomadic Theater presented its 2nd production, "The Turn of the Screw" by Jeffrey Hatcher from Feb 13 to March 15.  The Turn of the Screw is an eerie ghost story based on the Henry James story of the same name.  What better way to spend a cold, dark and dreary winter's night than with a chilling and powerful ghost story.

Fabulous Boston actor Marge Dunn was the lead role as "the governess".

The inimitable Billy Meleady, both directed and acted in the roles of the other four characters - a young boy, the housekeeper, the uncle, and the narrator - an acting tour-de-force.  Those of you who saw the Nomadic Theater's production of Faith Healer will remember Billy's standout performances as "Teddy the manager" in that production.

Once again, this was a simply staged, high quality production that moved from village to village, place to place, every weekend of its 5 week run.  We played in a rug store, two libraries, two barns, a private house, and two pubs. 

"Had a fabulous theatre experience last night! Who knew that local theatre could be so wonderful! I encourage you to check out the Newton Nomadic Theater, that describes itself as "a new theater company dedicated to producing simply staged, high quality theater in unconventional theater spaces." Currently showing Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, the acting was stupendous and the venue, in its simplicity was amazing! You will love it!" - Ruth Balser

"Interested in seeing a brand new company doing striped down guerrilla theater that moves from venue to venue with brilliant acting and gorgeous storytellingYou must see The Newton Nomadic Theater's "The Turn of the Screw" by Jeffrey Hatcher starring Billy Meleady and Marge Dunn and directed by Billy Meleady. They perform at various venues through March 15. We saw it last night at The Waban Community Library, a beautiful stone building perfect for a ghost story. The other locations will lend their own special feel to this beautifully acted story."  - Nancy Curran Willis (director)

"GREAT SHOW !!!! You should have heard the student responses. i couldn't have plotted a better example of what theatre really needs to make it memorable...thanks!!!!" - Director Nora Hussey, after taking her Wellesley College Directing Class students to a performance.

"Two wonderful performances and a chilling ghost story make for a terrific night of theatre. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! Don't miss this show!" - Melissa Bernstein (director, Newton Theatre Company).

Another amazing small theatre experience from the Newton Nomadic Theatre.  The Turn of the Screw was a wonderfully delivered gripping ghost tale.  The actors performances were stellar.  From the very reasonable ticket price, to the unique venues to the homey pre-show refreshments, the theatre experience is unlike any other.  Must see - Alicia & Jeff Bowman'

What a magical night: everything from the walk down the candlelit tunnel to the barn setting to the riveting performances was terrific! - Beth Wilkinson.

Wow!  I loved everything about the Newton Nomadic Theatre and hope to attend all events in the future.  THANKS. - Patricia Weiner

. This was my spouse’s and my third time seeing Billy Meleady perform onstage, the second in Newton Nomadic Theater productions. He is as remarkable for his deft direction as his onstage morphing among three of the play’s four characters. Marge Dunn, the only other visible (real?) character and the play’s lead, acts well beyond her years and carries the ghastly ghostly message with Meleady to its frightful conclusion. I guarantee that you won’t sleep well after seeing this play! The current production of this chilling ghost story is magnificent in its simple staging and profound in its eccentric psychic mystery. If you’ve seen it already, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, I strongly urge you to be among the few who are fortunate enough to secure tickets to the last two remaining performances next Saturday and Sunday nights. Your heart may well skip a beat. There is, indeed, theater in Newton. Hallelujah! - Sallee Lipshutz


"The piece is as thrilling as the sensation of hairs standing up on the back of your neck." - "Chicago Sun Times"

"This riveting and intimate classic will seduce audiences and keep them on the the edge of their seats throughout." - Theater in Chicago

 "A rich, supercilious mystery man. A spooky old house. Two beautiful but enigmatic children. An innocent, friendless young governess. And plenty of eerie apparitions." - New York Times

"A portrait of psychological vamparism" - Boston Globe

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