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.

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,

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