An Atlanta tradition is back in Piedmont Park, formally known as the Shake at the Lake now has become Shakespeare in the Park thanks to the Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. who has ensured at least for a few years.

This production is a truly a gift for the city, as tickets can be had complimentary if you venture early in the day for them, or you can easily reserve a chair, table, or space to lay out your blanket. Bring out some nosh and enjoy an evening under the stars.

Opening night was spectacular, as this cool evening was illuminated by the stars, and the fountain stage brought the storms’ mystic power to life.

One of William Shakespeare’s last sole plays The Tempest delves into nature’s fury gone out of control.

This story delves into the full range of emotions.  The crew crash lands on an island, lost only to the atrium of nature.  There they find the mix of a scorned, outcast leader. Revenge, evil, cruelty, mercy, and forgiveness seamless flow as this accomplished local cast spelled out.

The staging was creative and bigger than life, influenced by the Zen and peace of a Japanese garden.

Masterfully told, this tale is only one of the many in the 2012 Summer Festival at the Georgia Shakespeare.

This season is full of exciting productions and next up is Illyria: a Twelfth Night Musical running from June 6-August 5.

For shows and times at the Georgia Shakespeare visit www.gashakespeare.org or call (404) 504-1473.

Dr. Wilson Triviño is a speaker and writer for ABC Vision and may be reached at [email protected] or www.T4Vista.com