The Adventures of Pericles is generously sponsored by


SUMMER 2021!

By William Shakespeare and George Wilkins



JULY 15th-18th at 7 PM in Veteran's Memorial Park, 38 Canal Street E. Shelton, CT

JULY 22nd-25th at 7 PM at Quarry Walk, 300 Oxford Road in Oxford, CT


FREE! with suggested $10 donation


Get ready to go on an ADVENTURE with VSF this summer!

Join us in Veteran's Memorial Park for this epic story of love, loss, and pirates!

ABOUT: A storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre; another snatches it away. Many years must pass before fate guides the wandering hero to a poignant reunion with the family he thought he had lost forever.


RUN TIME: Approx. 80 minutes, no intermission

GOOD FOR: Ages9+




In order to present our 9th year of Free Theater in the Park, it is important that everyone do their part in helping us practice Social Distancing and mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Valley Shakespeare Festival has come up with these policies that align with the State of CT and CDC guidelines for outdoor gatherings, to help keep audience members safe and enjoy their experience in the Park.

We ask that you please respect people's comfort levels when it comes to mask-wearing and physical social distancing. While we do not like having to say this: any violation of these rules or guidelines will result in removal from the Park and Program. 

If you are not feeling well, please refrain from coming to the Park, there will be many more years of performances to come if we all do our part.


  • We will provide digital programs that you can view on your smartphone to minimize person-to-person transactions

  • Please use handwashing stations as often as you feel is necessary

  • We appreciate your support, but please make your suggested donation on-line 

  • The stage will be marked 6 feet away from the audience

  • Signage will be provided with helpful Social Distancing Guidelines reminders

  • VSF staff, volunteers, and board members will be wearing PPE to keep you safe

  • Extra PPE will be on hand for audience members





  • Going to the bathroom

  • Going to get food from food trucks

  • Going to move your car out of the Inline Plastics Parking Lot in Veteran's Memorial Park

  • Going back to your car because you forgot the Gourmet Truffle Potato Salad you made

  • Speaking with a VSF Staff Member or Volunteer

  • Anytime social distancing is not an option



  • Sitting within your friends and enjoying The Advenutres of Pericles

  • Eating or drinking

  • When you are safely socially distant (6-ft apart)

Press Release

July 31, 2020

“The show must go on…safely.” – Tom Simonetti, VSF Founder and Artistic Director.


Valley Shakespeare Festival will be doing a LIVE (yes live in person!) performance of Cyrano at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton, for a four night run. Join us in the park on Thursday, September 3rd, Friday, September 4th, Saturday, September 5th, or Sunday, September 6th, for a socially distanced but live performance of Cyrano.


Show: Cyrano By Edmond Rostand

Date: Thursday, September 3 through Sunday, September 6

Time: 7:00 PM Show time, park will open at 6:00pm

Cost: FREE! With suggested $10 donation

Where: LIVE! Veteran’s Memorial Park Shelton

Run Time: 75 minutes, no intermission

Notes: Bring a sweater, as it will get cold on the Riverwalk during this time of year. Please be sure to follow us on all social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and our website to keep up to date with the latest news about the performance.



Founder and Artistic Director, Tom Simonetti said, “We are very excited that we are able to continue our outdoor free theater series in Veteran’s Memorial Park in our 8th year. We are taking proper precautions both onstage and backstage by using health policies that align with the State of Connecticut, CDC Guidelines, and the latest Scientific research. Each of these three policies have highlighted proper social distancing practices such as staying 6 ft apart, PPE usage, and regular disinfecting of any high touch surface areas are key ways to minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.”


VSF has outlined safety protocols (see below and on the website, to make sure audience members, the cast, staff, and volunteers stay safe.


In case you are not familiar with the play or if you need a refresher, Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” blocks his path to true love. From Parisian balconies to bloody battlefields, tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano’s words to woo beautiful Roxane—but is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul?

A cast of three triangulates this classic, LIVE, into a lightning-paced romance of duels, panache, sacrifice, and one enormous schnoz.

If you have attended a park show within the past 7 seasons, you will notice the change of dates from July to September. Simonetti explains, “Putting off the performance to September instead of our original July dates, was one of our better ideas as an organization. It gave us extra time to do more research on the virus, and ample time to see how our efforts in Connecticut were in slowing the spread. While it may get a little chillier down on the Riverwalk (bring bug spray and a cardigan), the performance only lasts approximately 75 minutes. The shortened runtime is to keep any possible exposure to the virus low for both staff and audience. We are being very strategic and cautious in our ‘reopening’ like any business is at this time.”