'Cocktails with Shakespeare' is coming to local restaurant

Valley Shakespeare Festival will open its 2014 season with a kick-off celebration at Derby’s Twisted Vine Restaurant on Friday, Feb. 21, from 5-9 p.m.

“Cocktails with Shakespeare” will take place on the restaurant’s lower level and, in addition to revealing the title of the company’s summer production, will feature prizes, live entertainment, cash bar and a variety of appetizers prepared by the Twisted Vine’s chef for the admission fee of $10 per person.

Twisted Vine Restaurant is located at 285 Main St., Derby, and is a sponsor of Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Summer and December productions

Valley Shakespeare Festival, a nonprofit theater company sponsored by Fractured Atlas and run by volunteers, produced three free performances of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” last July in Shelton’s Veterans Memorial Park and two performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” this past December at the Shelton History Center’s Wilson Barn.

Members of the company will be in attendance at the Feb. 21 fund-raiser to relate their experiences with Valley Shakespeare Festival, answer questions and encourage newcomers to join.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling Valley Shakespeare Festival at 203-513-9446 or visiting  www.vsfestival.org.