“Those that are fools, let them use their talents” —Twelfth Night
PITTSFIELD, MA — Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is pleased to announce the cast of its fourth annual free outdoor production, Twelfth Night, which began rehearsals this weekend and opens July 20. Directed by Enrico Spada and featuring a cast of PSP favorites and newcomers, Shakespeare’s masterpiece comedy tells the tale of twins separated by a shipwreck, a countess surprised by her capacity for love, a servant reaching for greatness and mischievous pranks carried to the extreme.
“These actors are incredible,” said artistic director Enrico Spada. “I’m excited to be working with all of them, so many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of directing before. The madcap comedy of Twelfth Night gives us an opportunity to play together once again.”
Pittsfield Shakespeare veterans include Hana Kenny as Olivia and Julius Reese as Duke Orsino (last seen in Romeo and Juliet), Jeffrey David Kent and Hunter Washburne as Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek (The Tempest), Barby Cardillo as Maria (The Tempest), Alexia Trainor as Feste (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), John Buckley as Sebastian (Romeo and Juliet), Brittany Nicholson as Fabian (The Tempest), and Lindsay DeWinkeleer (The Tempest), Claudia Maurino (The Tempest) and CJ Morgan (Romeo and Juliet).
Williams College student Caroline Fairweather (Spring Awakening at the Egremont Barn) leads the newcomers as Viola, along with Berkshire County’s Dana M. Harrison (Private Lives at Shakespeare & Company) as Malvolio and Leslie Field (Dutchman at Skidmore College) as Antonia.
Twelfth Night opens on Thursday, July 20 at 8pm, following Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursdays street festival that evening, and runs Thursdays–Sundays at 8pm for twelve performances ending August 6. 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!
The Feigenbaum Foundation is the lead sponsor for Twelfth Night, with additional funding and in-kind support from Berkshire Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union, the City of Pittsfield, Quality Printing, The Rainbow Restaurant, the Whitney Center for the Arts, Shakespeare & Company and the local cultural councils of Pittsfield, Lenox, Great Barrington and Richmond.
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 7:15 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Schedule of performers will be announced at a later date and posted on http://www.pittsfieldshakespeare.org
VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDE WELCOME SUPPORT
Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s 2017 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 Parade Committee, Zion Lutheran Church, Irish Sister City Committee, Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield, Pittsfield Elks Lodge, Zonta International, Morningside Initiative and Knesset Israel Synagogue. Volunteering is a great way to build community and give back. Interested organizations should contact email@example.com to inquire.
AT A GLANCE
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Enrico Spada
Costume design by Stella Schwartz
Scenic design by Ron Piazza
Lighting design by Maia Robbins-Zust
Music composed by Deborah Morris & Patrick Toole
Stage Managers: Haley Barbieri and Lindsay DeWinkeleer
Cast: John Buckley, Barby Cardillo, Lindsay DeWinkeleer, Caroline Fairweather, Leslie Field, Dana M. Harrison, Hana Kenny, Jeffrey David Kent, Claudia Maurino, CJ Morgan, Brittany Nicholson, Julius Reese, Alexia Trainor, Hunter Washburne.
Location: First Street Common in Pittsfield
Performances: July 20–August 6, 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 8,000 people have enjoyed its productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014), Romeo and Juliet (2015), and The Tempest (2016).