City of Somerville Public Library:Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight: Weird Tales by Sarah Orne Jewett

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The Somerville Public Library (MA) gets spooky on Saturday, March 21 when it presents “Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight:
Weird Tales by Sarah Orne Jewett.” During the theatrical storytelling you’ll meet a father and daughter embroiled in a family curse, a stranger who comes to a small town and lives in the local haunted house, and a very old lady with a mysterious past. Follow the link below for more information.
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Saturday March 21, 2015
2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
Please join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month by welcoming performer Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions for a theatrical storytelling (not a reading) of three weird tales by Sarah Orne Jewett.

Sarah Orne Jewett, a native of South Berwick, Maine, was one of New England’s most prolific female authors of the nineteenth century. Her stories highlight the everyday lives of New Englanders at this time, often reflecting the mysterious and supernatural atmosphere of this region.

In this presentation, you will meet a father and daughter embroiled in a family curse, a stranger who comes to a small town and lives in the local haunted house, and a very old lady with a mysterious past.

Following the show, Ms. Parisi will give a short talk on how Miss Jewett’s characters reflected a very different lifestyle than that which was generally accepted during the Victorian Era.

Waterfall Productions is the brainchild of Massachusetts based performer Rita Parisi. She founded her little production company in 2002 in order to create original theatrical presentations that entertain and inspire her audiences. Her unique shows highlight her passions for storytelling, theatre, history, costuming, and literature. Her love for her work is evident in every performance, whether it be 19th century Gothic Victorian tales, afternoon tea with an Edwardian lady, or a one-woman play about the roaring 20’s flapper Zelda Fitzgerald. Rita’s thought provoking shows, though inspired by the past, are very relevant to modern audiences everywhere, creating for them an unforgettable theatrical experience.

This program is funded through the generosity of the Friends of the Somerville Public Library.

Location: Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue

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