Spada's 'The Tempest' should not be missed

To the editor:

I read with great pleasure the announcement in Wednesday's Berkshire Eagle of Enrico Spada's plans to mount "The Tempest" as his 2016 Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park production. What a wonderful opportunity for the Pittsfield community to experience, free, one of Shakespeare's most magical and enticing plays.

When I discovered that Spada had cast Glenn Barrett as his Prospero, the great magician at the heart of "The Tempest," my pleasure rapidly became excitement. In years past, I have worked with Glenn on many productions, including "The Tempest." He is the quintessential Prospero — magical, compelling, magnificent, yet deeply human.

I have already marked my summer calendar, reserving time to see "The Tempest." This is an opportunity not to be missed! Many thanks in advance, Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park.

Sally Filkins, Pittsfield