On Thursday April 27, the Valley Shakespeare Festival will perform “The Comedy of Errors” to benefit Spooner House in Shelton.
The show will be presented at II Palio Ristorante, 5 Corporate Drive in Shelton in the Vetro Room downstairs starting at 6 p.m. with pre-show hors d’oeuvres and beverages followed by the show at 7 p.m.
Come experience a night of theater featuring mistaken identities, farcical moments, good food, and fun in a beautiful setting. Il Palio is an upscale restaurant serving Northern Italian fare in an elegant space with a Tuscan vibe.
“The Comedy of Errors” was first presented as part of Valley Shakespeare’s Festival’s inaugural 2013 season of free plays in the park. The Festival is pleased to bring this slapstick comedy back on tour to celebrate its 5th anniversary season.
In this farce, a man and his servant arrive in a town, unaware that each has an identical twin already living there. The mix-up causes upset wives, upset creditors and makes for one of the funniest evenings you can spend at the theater. Using national themes, Valley Shakespeare Festival will tour this delightful 400 year-old comedy that explores what it means to belong to a community. “The Comedy of Errors” is one of Shakespeare’s shortest and most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humor coming from puns and word play.
Tickets to the evening’s events are $40 each and may be purchased at the Eventbrite link here or at the Spooner House office, 30 Todd Road in Shelton, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are most appreciative of Valley Shakespeare Festival and our marquee sponsor, R.D. Scinto, Inc., for presenting this unique way to raise awareness and financial support for the services we provide the people in our community,” explained Susan Agamy, Executive Director of Spooner House. “Our thanks also go out to an additional sponsor, Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte, and Sterczala, P.C. We hope everyone who likes Shakespeare will come enjoy this production. In an effort to make Shakespeare accessible, Spooner House residents will be invited to attend the play for free and will experience a 45 minute workshop exploring themes and language of the play prior to the performance.”
Tom Simonetti, Executive Director of the Valley Shakespeare Festival, comments, “We are excited to break the socio-economic barriers that are often associated with the theater. We truly believe that everyone regardless of situation deserves great performance art, and it is the core mission of our non-profit behind all of our programs.”
More information about the show and how it will help Spooner House may be found on the ACT Spooner House website.
Non-profit Area Congregations Together, Inc. (ACT) was formed in 1979 to help fill gaps in the lower Naugatuck Valley’s social service network. Today, Spooner House is operated by ACT and is a facility that provides food, shelter and support services to approximately 175 men, women and children each year. More than 4,000 individuals have been served by the Valley Food Bank this past year, comprising more than 120,000 meals. Spooner House is recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency shelter programs in Connecticut and through its food bank provides ten days’ worth of groceries each month to participating families throughout the lower Naugatuck Valley. Spooner House is devoted to helping people establish self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Area Congregations Together, Inc. is a partner agency of the Valley United Way.