Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park returns this Summer to The Common
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the City’s Office of Cultural Development, recently announced its third annual free outdoor production will be The Tempest, Shakespeare's final play about revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. The production, sponsored by local businesses and organizations led by Berkshire Money Management, will be directed by PSP's artistic director Enrico Spada and star long-time Berkshire actor Glenn Barrett as the wizard Prospero.
Pre-show Serenades provided by The Whit also return. Berkshire Money Management, a founding sponsor of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park in 2014, leads a crop of generous community supporters bringing free live theatre to the masses, including Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Gas, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pittsfield and Lenox Cultural Councils. In-kind support is provided by Qualprint, the Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield, the City of Pittsfield, the Rainbow Restaurant and The Whit.
“It's important and gratifying for us to support projects like this in Pittsfield,” said Berkshire Money Management’s Allen Harris. “I'm pleased to see that so many business leaders, organizations and individuals feel the same.”
Mayor Linda Tyer offered her hopes for another successful season. “Arts and culture are absolutely fundamental to the vitality of Pittsfield. I’ve enjoyed watching Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park over the past years. It has provided a way, free of barriers, for the entire community to experience and enjoy amazing theatre in the heart of our city. I am excited to see it continue playing a role in developing Pittsfield as the cultural center of the Berkshires.”
Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest takes place on a magical island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, castoffs from society: a wizard and his daughter. The Tempest is the story of the old man's revenge...or forgiveness. Playing the role of Prospero is Glenn Barrett, a founding member of Berkshire Public Theatre and has appeared in numerous productions with Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare & Company.
The Tempest opens July 21, following Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursdays street festival that evening, and runs Thursdays-Sundays at 8 p.m. for twelve performances ending Aug. 7. Admission is free. Performances take place at the First Street Common in Pittsfield, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church.
PRESENTING LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS WITH PRE-SHOW SERENADES PROVIDED BY THE WHIT
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park has partnered once again with The Whit to present a series of preshow music acts before weekend evening performances. Music begins at 7:15p.m, 45-minutes before Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows (full schedule and performers to be announced).
OPEN AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR MARCH 5-6
Auditions for The Tempest will be held by appointment on Saturday, March 5 from 2-6p.m. and Sunday, March 6 from 11a.m.-3p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield). Local actors and students aged 8 and up are encouraged to audition. All experience levels are welcome. All roles are open. Emailenrico@pittsfieldshakespeare.org for an appointment.
VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS WILL PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED 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. Interested organizations should contact volunteer coordinator Alexandra Warshaw at email@example.com.
ABOUT GLENN BARRETT
Glenn has been performing onstage since 1969 in New York with La Mama ETC., Manhattan Theater Club and NY Shakespeare Festival's Tony Award winning Threepenny Opera. Regionally with Berkshire Theater Festival, Barrington Stage,Shakespeare & Company, Mixed Company,Walking the Dog Company, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. As a founding member of Berkshire Public Theater, Glenn has appeared in well over 100 productions in Pittsfield and on tour in Germany. He is thrilled to be working with Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park on this wonderful play.
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).
For photos of past shows visit http://www.pittsfieldshakespeare.org/photos