To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Wednesday evening I drove my middle-aged self to an extraordinary 9 p.m. performance at the Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield. Typically past my bedtime on a week night, I was inspired to attend as The Berkshire Fringe, a 21-day festival of theater, dance, music and multi-media works, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a fascinating array of innovative, thought provoking, delightful material.

The minute I sat down in the audience, I knew my choice to attend was well worth the bargain price of my season pass. The energy in the theater was palpable. The performance was "RIOT," "an epic tale of violence, greed and cheap sofas, RIOT uses eyewitness accounts, newspaper articles and original music to expose the frenzied nature of consumer culture." The actors/creators belong to The Wardrobe Ensemble, self-described as "an emerging, Bristol-based, theatre-making company dedicated to creating new work that is entertaining, energetic and thoughtful."

I was indeed entertained, energized, and left thinking that The Berkshire Fringe is bringing this community the brilliant opportunity to see how powerful and magnetic the medium of theater can be. The immediacy and intimacy of this production creates a buzz that resonates long after the talented actors take their last bow. In a Berkshire summer full of theater and dance, The Berkshire Fringe has carved out a new space (literally) in the cultural landscape offering cutting edge, professional, international theater right in our own backyard.


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AMY BRENTANO

Richmond