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Shakespeare in the Park, seen here performing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream," returns this year with 'Twelfth Night.'

Pittsfield Shakespeare Presents 'Twelfth Night'

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, announced that its fourth annual free outdoor production will be "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's delightful comedy of misplaced passion and mistaken identities.

Directed by Artistic Director Enrico Spada, the production will feature actors, designers and technicians from the Berkshire County community, including many favorites from past Pittsfield Shakespeare productions.

One of Shakespeare's most loved comedies, "Twelfth Night" tells the tale of twins separated by a shipwreck, a countess surprised by her capacity for love, a servant who oversteps his place and mischievous pranks carried to the extreme. Featuring live music and slapstick comedy, it is the perfect complement to a beautiful Berkshire summer evening under the stars.

"Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park was a game changer for the art and culture scene of Pittsfield," said Jen Glockner, director of the Office of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield. "Year after year, I hear again and again from audiences how impressed they are with these productions. The level of quality and professionalism that Pittsfield Shakespeare brings to each play — which is then shared with the community for free — is a treat for residents of Pittsfield and beyond."

"Twelfth Night" opens July 20, following Pittsfield's 3rd Thursdays street festival that evening, and runs Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. for 12 performances ending Aug. 6. Performances take place at the First Street Common in Pittsfield, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church. Admission is free.


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