September 25, 2008

Works of New England Author to Come to Life

KINGSTON - The Kingston Public Library will present actress Rita Parisi, portraying New England author Sarah Onre Jewett, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Parisi has adapted several of Jewett's short stories into a theatrical presentation. Some of the stories include "The Landscape Chamber,""The Gray Man" and "Lady Ferry."

The themes of the program are curses, death and immortality.

Jewett, an American fiction writer and a contemporary of Mark Twain, grew up in South Berwick, Maine.

She was one of New England's most prolific female writers of the 19th century.

Her short stories depict the everyday lives of New Englanders. The stories sometimes depict a mysterious and supernatural atmosphere.

Her best known works are "A White Heron," a short story, and "The Country of the Pointed Firs," a novella.

Jewett's fiction is described as having detailed characters and a great deal of humor.

Parisi has been performing in New England for 13 years, in musicals, drama, improv and interactive theater.

Admission to Saturday's performance will be free.

For more information, call 781-585-0517.

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