Rehearsal photos by Haley Barbieri
Shakespeare’s magical (and final) play, The Tempest, a story of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island, opens soon in a free production outdoors on the First Street Common in Pittsfield. The Tempest is directed by Enrico Spada and features Berkshire theatre veteran Glenn Barrett as Prospero, leading a cast of professionals and young adult actors from across the Berkshires.
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s third annual free production began Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8pm, following Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursdays street festival that evening, and runs Thursdays–Sundays at 8pm for twelve performances ending August 7. Admission is free. Performances take place on Pittsfield’s First Street Common, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church. Audiences are invited to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the romance under the stars.
Berkshire Money Management is the lead sponsor for The Tempest, with additional funding support from Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Gas, Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Feigenbaum Foundation, the City of Pittsfield, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Quality Printing, the Rotary Club, The Rainbow Restaurant, the Whitney Center for the Arts, and more.
PRESENTING LIVE MUSIC WITH PRE-SHOW SERENADES
PROVIDED BY THE WHIT
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park has once again partnered with The Whit to present a series of nine pre-show music acts before Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening performances. Music begins at 7:15pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. View the schedule of performers at www.pittsfieldshakespeare.org
VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDE WELCOME SUPPORT
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s 2016 performances will be supported by volunteer ushers and other helpers from within the community. Each night of the show will be represented by a different local organization which will provide a staff of volunteers to hand out programs, park cars, and help with seating. This year’s volunteer community organizations include: Rotary Club of Pittsfield, Pittsfield City Hall, Pittsfield Parade Committee, Zion Lutheran Church, Irish Sister City Committee, Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield, Pittsfield Elks Lodge, Zonta International, UNICO, Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, Taconic High School Shakespeare, and Knesset Israel Synagogue.
AT A GLANCE
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Enrico Spada
Costume design by Concetta Russo
Scenic design by Ron Piazza
Lighting design by Maia Robbins-Zust
Music composed by Simon Brown, Deborah Morris & Patrick Toole
Stage Managers: Haley Barbieri and Lindsay DeWinkeleer
Glenn Barrett, Chris Brophy, Barby Cardillo, Julie Castagna, James Fisher, Emma Foley, Hunter Gero, Tim Jones, Jeffrey Kent, Ava Lindenmaier, Mickey Mastrianni, Claudia Maurino, Brittany Nicholson, Matt Passetto, Maizy Broderick Scarpa, Dane Shiner, Patrick Toole, Hunter Washburne, Jenna Wood.
Location: First Street Common in Pittsfield
Performances: July 21–August 7, 2016 – Thursdays–Sundays at 8pm
ABOUT PITTSFIELD SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Launched in the summer of 2014, Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park presents fully-produced performances of Shakespeare’s plays under the evening sky for free to the public. More than 5,000 people have enjoyed its first two productions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014 in Springside Park) and Romeo and Juliet (2015 on the First Street Common).