Will Call #48: “The Tempest” Sweeps Ashore at First Street Common

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” brings together some very talented local flotsam.

William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will be presented on Pittsfield's First Street Common Thursday–Sunday, 8:00 p.m., July 21–August 7; photo by Enrico Spada.

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be presented on Pittsfield’s First Street Common Thursday–Sunday, 8:00 p.m., July 21–August 7; photo by Enrico Spada.

In this episode, we were lucky enough to catch Enrico Spada, founder and artistic director of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with a little time to to talk about the 2016 presentation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Considering that today is the opening of the run, that’s no mean feat. Now in its third season, Shakespeare in the Park, is expected to draw an audience of 5,000 before it closes on August 7. I hope you enjoy this great conversation about one of the Berkshires’ newest great traditions.

“The Tempest
by William Shakespeare
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park
July 21–August 7; 8:00 p.m.
First Street Common, Pittsfield, MA
FREE

Poster for "The Tempest," 2016's presentation for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park

Poster for “The Tempest,” 2016’s presentation for Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park

 

From pittsfieldshakespeare.org:

About Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is committed to keeping the thrill of theatre alive with the artists and audience members who live in the Berkshires by presenting free, outdoor Shakespeare bringing together audience members, actors, designers, and technicians to our community.

Founded by Berkshires-based theatre artist and educator, PSP was launched in the summer of 2014 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Springside Park. PSP returned in 2015 with Romeo and Juliet in a new venue, the performance pavilion on the First Street Common. More than 5,000 people have enjoyed PSP’s free productions since its inception, fast becoming an annual tradition.

 

 

About Enrico Spada, Artistic Director of Pittsfield Shakepeare in the Park

Artistic Director, Enrico Spada, of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park; submitted photo.

Artistic Director, Enrico Spada, of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park; submitted photo.

 

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park founder and artistic director Enrico Spada holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre & Education, and has taught, directed and performed at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts for nearly a decade. During that time, he directed in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare high school residency program plus other K-12 residency programs. Enrico also served as Marketing Manager and then Marketing Director at Shakespeare & Company for several years and also runs his own business as a freelance graphic designer, actor and director.

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William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will be presented on Pittsfield's First Street Common Thursday–Sunday, 8:00 p.m., July 21–August 7; photo by Enrico Spada.

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be presented on Pittsfield’s First Street Common Thursday–Sunday, 8:00 p.m., July 21–August 7; photo by Enrico Spada.

Our 2016 production will be presented for FREE to the public in Pittsfield this summer. Your support enables us to pay the artists and technicians, and rent the lights, microphones and other equipment required to make a magical outdoor theatrical experience like this possible. Please help us make this a reality by making a tax-deductible donation today!
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is a registered 501(c)3 public charity. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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