Monday, September 19, 2011

Gothic Victorian Tales of Sarah Orne Jewett

Actress Rita Parisi will return to the Merrimack Public Library on Thursday, September 29 at 7 pm in a one-woman performance of Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight. The tales are based on the stories of Sarah Orne Jewett.

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) was born in Berwick, ME. She was best known for her novel The Country of the Pointed Firs, but Jewett published also a large number of short stories in The Atlantic Monthly and other magazines of the period, and it is from these that Rita Parisi draws her inspiration for this performance. Jewett's short stories, while not strictly "ghost stories," draw heavily on the supernatural world. Because the academic world clung to more traditional views, her stories, with their "imaginative realism," were not readily embraced and remained uncollected for years.

Rita Parisi previously performed here in the 2010 premiere of her one-woman play Zelda, the First American Flapper (now called I, Zelda). In 2002, she founded Waterfall Productions to create shows that highlight her passion for theatre as well as history, literature and costuming. She has had the pleasure of performing these shows all over New England. Rita Parisi is also actively involved in the independent film scene in Boston and some of her films have been debuted at the Boston International Film Festival and Cannes film Festival.

Seating will be limited and reservations are recommended by clicking here, emailing, or calling 424-5021.

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