Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight: Weird Tales by Sarah Orne Jewett

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. The program will be held at the Central Library on Saturday, March 21st at 2:00 p.m. 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. This program is funded through the generosity of the Friends of the Somerville Public Library.

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