Adoptable dog stars in Shakespeare comedy

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A performance by American Shakespeare Center of The Two Gentlemen of Verona will feature a new kind of performer when a local adoptable dog from PAWS of Southwest Virginia plays the show-stealing role of Crab.

The comedy will be presented by Pro-Art Association and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Gilliam Center for the Arts at UVa-Wise.

It takes two clever women, a pair of devoted servants and a dog to make things right when long-distance love tangles the heartstrings of the play’s title characters. Shakespeare tries out some of his most popular ideas for the first time in this early comedy.

Jealous lovers, a cross-dressing heroine, and a daring escape into the forest make The Two Gentlemen of Verona simultaneously a familiar and completely refreshing trip.

American Shakespeare Center’s Hungry Hearts Tour travels with a special, additional purpose: Helping shelter dogs find their “forever home.” After the show, audience members may apply to PAWS to adopt the local dog or one of his/her friends.

PAWS (People for Animal Wellness and Safety) of Southwest Virginia is a non-profit 501(c)3 animal rescue group located in Wise County, in operation since 2002. Their funds help support the care of foster animals and a low-cost neuter and spay program. Volunteers work locally with no formal facilities, and depend solely on tax-deductible donations and volunteer assistance.

Admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors 55 plus, free to K-12 and college students. All proceeds from the show will be donated to PAWS of Southwest Virginia. UVa-Wise students receive cultural credit for attending this event.

The program is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For information or assistance for persons with special needs, contact Pro-Art at 276-376-4520 or go to

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