Friday, September 25, 2009

Leach Library to Host an Evening of Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight

On Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m., the Londonderry Leach Library will present an evening of mysterious and supernatural tales read by candlelight. This theatrical storytelling presentation given by actress Rita Parisi will feature the stories of nineteenth-century New England writer Sarah Orne Jewett.

Ms. Parisi is an experienced performer who has been entertaining audiences for over 14 years in the New England area. In 2002, she founded Waterfall Productions to create shows that highlight her passion for theatre as well as history, literature and costuming, and she has performed these shows all over New England. Ms. 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 the Cannes Film Festival.

In this program, Rita Parisi, wearing the dress of a nineteenth century woman, will read stories about curses, death and immortality written by the New England author Sarah Orne Jewett. A native of South Berwick, Maine, Jewett's stories are peopled with typical New England characters and often contain elements of the region's eerie and mysterious atmosphere.

The event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library. It is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

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