Halloween Hauntings: Two Gilded Age Tales of Suspense

The Medfield Public Library and The Center at Medfield present HALLOWEEN HAUNTINGS—two American tales of suspense. Written in the days of ominously flickering candles and kerosene lamps, “The Shadows on the Wall” and “The House That Was Not” continue to thrill. In the wake of a sudden mysterious death, “The Shadows on the Wall” draws four siblings to a familiar but menacing New England parlor. “The House That Was Not” lures an unsuspecting new bride across the bleak Nebraska prairie. Authored by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1903) and Elia Wilkinson Peattie (1898),respectively, these tales evoke the America of a century ago, enthralling audiences today. In this unique one-woman show, professional actress Michèle LaRue portrays eight characters. The Chicago-born and New Jersey – based performer tours nationally with her repertoire of century-old American TALES WELL TOLD. 

This performance will take place at The Center at Medfield, at 1 Ice House Road.

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Michèle LaRue has delighted in performing literature from America’s Gilded Age, for nearly 30 years. Her 500 presenters have included Washington’s Smithsonian Institution, Chicago’s Newberry Library, New York’s Mohonk Mountain House, the Missouri History Museum, and public libraries and museums, from Rhode Island to South Carolina to Washington State. She is a member of both actors’ unions: Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. As a writer and editor, she has collaborated on several notable theatre books—from The Story of 42nd Street to Memories of a Munchkin.

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1852 – 1930), a popular and prolific short-story writer, was born and lived most of her life in Eastern Massachusetts, continuing her work after marrying and moving to Metuchen, New Jersey. She wrote insightfully and with sympathetic humor about her fellow small-town New Englanders—and she penned many ghost stories. Elia Wilkinson Peattie (1862 – 1935) grew up in her native Michigan. With her husband, a fellow journalist, she made her home, first in Chicago, then in Omaha. The Chicago Tribune’s first woman reporter, she wrote fiction, as well as observant editorials and reviews, for major papers in both cities.


Wednesday Oct 18, 2023
5:30 PM  -  6:45 PM
Bri       bozanne@minlib.net
The Center At Medfield
There are many spaces available.