What do you get when you combine two Shakespeare plays, beer, and wine? You get the ShakesBeer and Wine Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26; on Sunday, Aug. 27, hosted by Say Ciao! Columbia River Tap Room and Eatery, Heathen Brewing, NW Wine Distributors, and OPS Fest (the Oregon Practice Shakespeare Festival). OPS Fest will present Comedy of Errors on Saturday and Twelfth Night on Sunday. Both performances are from 2 to 4 p.m. at Say Ciao!, located at 2501 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.
OPS Fest performs the same way theater companies did in the days of the Bard (a.k.a. the Elizabethan age). The actors had not rehearsed before they appeared on stage—and the audience knew it. The only thing each actor had was a script (or rather, a scroll) with his role and his lines. The play was as fresh to the actors as it was for the audience. It’s a new way to experience the joys of a live Shakespeare performance, and audience members will never see the same OPS Fest play twice in quite the same way.
While the play is being performed, attendees will enjoy Heathen’s craft brews, wine from Basel Cellars, ciders from Idiot’s Grace, and just-prepared fresh and local food from Say Ciao! Following Saturday’s production, there be live music until 9 p.m. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. Artists, music, and craftsmen will all be together for this one-of-a-kind experience, which is poised to become an annual event.