Thursday, October 28, 2010

America's First Flapper Comes to the Library

"Zelda: Musings from the First American Flapper" comes to the Merrimack Public Library on Wednesday, November 3 at 7 pm. This one-woman play, written and performed by Rita Parisi, is set in Montgomery, Alabama, in the home of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald's mother, after the death of Zelda's husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald. As she sorts through mementos of her life, Zelda muses about her life with Scott and their status as the First Couple of the Jazz Age.

Beautiful and reckless, Zelda ran headlong through life, partying and drinking to excess with her husband, dazzling the literari of New York and Europe. They were part of the Lost Generation of expatriates in Paris, which included Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas.

Zelda is personified in several of her husband's novels, and she claimed that he plagerized from her diaries. Their marriage was tumultous, and they were estranged at the time of Scott's unexpected death in 1940. During and between her hospitalizations for schizophrenia, Zelda pursued her own creative endeavors, resulting in many paintings and the autobiographical novel, Save Me the Waltz.

Rita Parisi is an actress and singer with over 15 years of experience performing all over New England. She has performed in musical, dramatic, improvisational as well as interactive theatre. Some of her theatrical credits include: Mother Superior in "Nunsense", Mary Warren in Delvena Theatre Company's touring production of "The Crucible", Felicia Dantine in "I Hate Hamlet", a production by Boston's Ubiquity Stage Company. She has also appeared in "Annie", and Seacoast Repertory Theatre's rendition of "Our Town". For 10 years, she was involved in reenacting the Salem Witch Trials in Salem MA where she played Elizabeth Proctor. She is a member of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Seating for this presentation is limited and reservations are strongly advised by clicking here or calling 424-5021.

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