STRANGE WINDOW: The Turn of the Screw at BAM!
- What 's Going On Here?
STRANGE WINDOW is a digitally-charged theatrical retelling of the classic Henry James ghost story, The Turn of the Screw. Using 21st century tools of gorgeous video, lush sound and real live actors, Strange Window challenges the idea that what we see and hear is reality. After launching at the Krannert Center at the U of Illinois and a week’s run at UC Santa Cruz in October STRANGE WINDOW will premiere at BAM’s Next Wave Festival December 12-15!
Inspired by the creepy ambiguity of the original story, STRANGE WINDOW is awash in lush media and delivers a spooky beauty that haunts. Live video mixes with recorded clips that alter the time/space continuum, while a cinema-like soundtrack delivers sonic thrills. This Builders Association signature mediated stagecraft hyper-loops this 19th century story into the 21st with gusto.
- What we're asking.
The Builders Association, now in our 22nd year of making theatre that astonishes, are still a scrappy downtown (Brooklyn!) non-profit and we need your help to bring our cutting-edge-but-off-the-shelf technological wonderland to its fullest. The overall budget for this work is now at $135K and through the generosity of our commissioning institutions (Krannert, UCSC and BAM) we have raised $125K and change. We need you to help us get to BAM without making a stop in Debtor’s Prison so we’re asking for $5K toward our bottom line. This cold hard cash is to pay our artists, build everything from costumes to programs and to make STRANGE WINDOW as strange as it possibly can be!
- What's the show about?
STRANGE WINDOW tells the story of a young governess who is hired to care for two orphaned children in a rich country estate. With little companionship, she starts to see people, first a man and then a woman, who could not possibly be there. Is she a credible witness to her own experience? Is she to be believed? Or is her mind fabricating these visions because Victorian society gave her no other choice?
In our present moment when fear, extremism and Russian bots have given rise to the Flat Earth Movement, when women’s stories of abuse are no longer regarded as fantasies, where elected leaders lie as a matter of course, it is the duty of citizens to shine the harsh light of accountability upon every story.
Video courtesy of Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Risks and challenges
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