Video Clips & Testimonials
"I have chosen Rita Parisi’s selections from Waterfall Productions for years because they are engaging, unusual, quality shows which our audiences have loved. We appreciate her choices of under the radar women, whose stories are well researched, creatively entertaining, and thought provoking. Waterfall Productions is easy to contact, work with, and is affordable through Local Cultural Grants or other avenues of assistance. We are always thrilled when a new play or activity is generated and look forward to the experience!"
Service Coordinator MHPI Spencer MA
"It has been our very great pleasure to have had the opportunity to host Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions four times. Rita is a consummate professional, and her programs are always very well received. In fact, on her first visit there was a bad snow storm coming and we thought of ending early so attendees wouldn't get caught in it. However, the audience was so engrossed that the program ran long. Her most recent presentation with us, "Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar" was another crowd pleaser. I cannot recommend hosting a program with Rita Parisi highly enough."
-Jason P. Cavanaugh
Forbush Memorial Library Westminster MA
"Rita Parisi's presentation of Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight is transporting. She enters the room as Sarah Orne Jewett in period dress, silently evoking Jewett's time and place. She speaks as Jewett, the storyteller, and as Jewett's characters, and is so true, so effortless in her delivery that Rita is, in turn, each of them. Against a simple backdrop and so few props, what Rita does is no less than magical, no less mysterious and mystical than Jewett's work itself."
-Susan Odencrantz, Audience
Cape Elizabeth ME Library
-Thank you for kicking off the fall programming season with such a marvelous production. I echo the audience's reaction: from the scenery to the professional level of the performance, we truly enjoyed a spectacular show here at Fort Lee. Your mastery of the character as well as the fabulous costume and set design was well appreciated by our patrons who are limited in their travel to New York!
Former Program Coordinator, Fort Lee Public Library, NJ
"Your performance of Zelda was so compelling that I read more about her life online...I strongly feel that your play is phenomenal - you captured her conflicted, gifted, and biochemically unbalanced life... I know that you must have not only explored her life but also immersed yourself into Zelda's experiences in order to have conveyed as much as you did. Today is Day Two and Zelda continues to haunt me." -audience member, performance at the Brick Library in NJ
Reactions from an audience member...
"Marshfield public library had the pleasure of hosting Rita Parisi (aka "Mrs. Gordon") of Waterfall Productions for two of her tea-time programs: "Summertime Tea" in July 2016 and "Edwardian Christmas Tea" in December 2017. Both were resounding successes with our patrons, and attendance was 35 and 50 people respectively. We were transported back in time to 1908 by an authentically-costumed Mrs. Gordon, who educated us on the style, times and occupations of the turn of the twentieth century. We delighted in the opportunity to serve an elaborate tea and sweets to our patrons to accompany the program, and a good time was had by all. The talented Rita Parisi's presentations are so entertaining and informative. Highly recommended!"
Adult Programming Marshfield Public Library MA
"I am very happy and grateful for your efforts to portray the life and memoirs of my grand aunt, The Princess of Oman and Zanzibar Sayyida Salamah bint Said bin Sultan Al Busaid later Frau Emily Reute...I wish you every success in bringing my grand aunt to the stage."
-Hamoud K Al Said, great grandson of Sultan Ali bin Said of Zanzibar, the elder brother of Princess Salamah
"Rita Parisi, as the Arabian Princess of Zanzibar, created a fascinating performance for our Middlesex Institute of Lifelong Education. We not only time travelled through history and different countries and cultures but we also entered the mind and heart of this beautiful princess who crossed so many borders. Thank you for bringing her memoir to life. We hope to have you return to MILE with another production next year. "
Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education CT