Storyteller to bring three dark tales to life in Salem
Next Thursday night, Nov. 21, Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions will be presenting the “Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight” theatrical storytelling experience at the Kelley Library at 7 p.m.
The stories have been adapted to a more theatrical mode, where Parisi plays a character telling the stories.
In keeping with the theatrical feel, Parisi also uses costumes, lighting and backdrops to heighten the ghostly feel of the tales.
“These are really good stories, and people like to see really good stories that are well told,” Parisi said. “People really love the staging, but these stories are really the cream of the crop.”
“In their ghost stories, they have probed the possibility of other dimensions in time and human consciousness,” said Parisi. “They’ve mixed old-fashion ghosts and science fiction to create the modern ghost story.”
The popularity of a production she did on 19th-century New England Gothic author Sarah Orne Jewett led her to develop more programs based on Gothic literature and ghost stories.