Posts Tagged ‘The Tempest’

“The Tempest” Comes to Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
(Photo by Haley Barbieri)

(Rehearsal photo 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 opens at 8pm on Thursday (July 21), following Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursdays street festival that evening, and runs Thursdays–Sundays at 8pm for 12 performances ending Sunday, 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.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Advertisement

A Fresh Take on “The Tempest” with Olympia Dukakis Begins July 19 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Tony Simotes (2nd from left) is at work directing the staging of The Tempest with Olympia Dukakis (2nd from right) and the company. (photo: Kevin Sprague)

Tony Simotes (2nd from left) is at work directing the staging of The Tempest with Olympia Dukakis (2nd from right) and the company. (photo: Kevin Sprague)

It is the theatrical event that Shakespeare aficionadi have been waiting for, as well as us mere mortals who are in awe of the Academy Award winning Olympia Dukakis whose mere presence on stage can be an event worth writing about.

“O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t” The Tempest V.i

As their news release points out, the magic of Shakespeare’s The Tempest lands at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse later this month, with a unique, beautiful, and re-imagined production. Artistic Director Tony Simotes is pleased to present this profound romance for the first time on the Company’s main stage in almost a decade. Simotes and Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis team up for this fresh and provocative take, which aligns the magic of the island with the often tumultuous relationships between families—with a twist—Ms. Dukakis plays the banished Duke as a woman, Prospera.

Considered by many scholars to be William Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage, The Tempest is a profound reflection on the power of forgiveness. Steeped in theatrical allusions and rich language, it was the last play penned alone by Shakespeare, and the most popular of his late romances. Filled with moving, funny and enchanting moments, the underpinnings of the fantastical world, much like our own, are filled with mystery, darkness, and the unknown.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

The Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!Albany PoetsThe LindaArtist Charles HaymesLeave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageHudson SoundsMohawk Hudson Humane Society