If you haven’t participated in Delaware’s Year of the Bard yet, there is no better way than The Delaware Shakespeare Festival July 12-28 at Rockwood Park. This year the players present “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” a tale about best friends, young love and a dog. In this case, make that a few dogs. Crab, the pet of character Launce, will be played by a different dog from the no-kill shelters of Faithful Friends each week and, on Aug. 1 at The Freeman Stage in Selbyville, from Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary as a way to raise awareness about the need for pet adoption. “As an actor, you are told to never share the stage with a child or an animal,” says DSF artistic director David Stradley. “Our Launce, Griffin Stanton-Ameisen, will have to get used to a different dog each week. We’ll see if he forgives me by the end of the summer.” (415-3373, delshakes.org)
Delaware Shakespeare Festival Presents “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”
Each summer’s must-do event gets a charitable twist in 2013 with the inclusion of Faithful Friends and Safe Haven Animal Sancutary dogs assuming the role of Launce’s pooch, Crab.