MANCHESTER - Shakespeare on Main Street is seeking to raise $6,000 for this summer's tour of "Othello." The benefit fundraiser to be held in "TEDs' historically charm ing, circa 1770, pedigreed dining rooms (the house was a stop on the underground railroad) and will be a festive celebration of theatrical and culinary skill.

The fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a Shakespearean Idol-style competition between five contestants for a $100 prize. The challengers will recite Othello's final soliloquy, in which he is driven by remorse to take his own life. The dinner follows, served by chef/owner Ted Brothers, who has over 20 year's experience as an executive chef at some of the finest resorts in the country.

Ted's menu for the evening draws on his sophisticated balance of French classic cuisine and his New World approach using lighter, health ier ingredients, and includes wild-caught Pacific salmon, available for only a few weeks, and paired with a fresh basil cream sauce, based on a wine and garlic reduction.

A second choice of chicken piccata brings the Mediterranean to Man chester with a lightly caramel ized breast of chicken complemented with a fresh, elegant lemon caper sauce. For vegetarians, there will be petite carrots and other regionally sourced vegetables with a Portobello mushroom entree, and a classic black truffle risotto.

Fundraiser tickets are $75 and must be purchased by June 24. All guests receive a complimentary ticket to opening night in Manchester, and proceeds will benefit SoMS, a 501c3 charitable organization. Contact Mary Cardel for more information or to enter the "Othello" soliloquy challenge at: thespians5@ ya hoo. com, or call Gary Meitrott at: (802) 282-2581.

"Othello" is being performed at Green Mountain College, in Poultney, on July 25, 26, and 27; at the Riley Center, in Manchester, on Aug. 1, 2, and 3; and at Town Hall Theater, in Brandon on Aug. 8, 9, and 10.