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WFMZ-TV features Shakespeare in Love’s director, actors, and its canine star, Buddy at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tina Slak • 610.282.WILL, ext. 4

July 20, 2018

Director of Shakespeare in Love Patrick Mulcahy, talks to WFMZ-TV news alongside actors Luigi Sottile, who plays William Shakespeare, and Dan Tracy who plays the duel role of Valentine and dog handler of it's special canine actor, Buddy.

“Comedy, love, and a bit with a dog!” Introducing Buddy Igor, a 16 month-old English Cream Golden Retriever making his stage debut as Spot in Shakespeare in Love. This is the Festival’s second experience working with a dog in a production and the casting agent in this case is Ali Brown, owner and dog trainer at Great Companions in Slatington.

“Buddy is amazing, a dream. Ali at Great Companions put us in touch with Buddy’s owners because he is so friendly and smart. (He learns his lines really quickly.),” says director Mulcahy. “The rehearsal room is a very happy place with Buddy in it and the actors come in each day asking, ‘will we get to see Buddy today?’”

Buddy enjoys playing tug, playing chase tag (really keep away), and learning scent detective skills. His favorite toy is his snuggle pup that he has had since he came home at eight weeks and he still takes to bed every night. He resides in Schnecksville with his human family.

Watch the feature on WFMZ-TV here:

About Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy, is the only professional Equity theatre of its scope and scale within a 50-mile radius. PSF is one of only a handful of theatres on the continent producing Shakespeare, musicals, classics, and contemporary plays, all of which can all be seen in rep and in multiple spaces within a few visits in a single summer season. Similarly, PSF will be among just a handful of theatres on the continent this summer to produce three Shakespeare plays in a single summer season.  A patron would have to travel seven to nine hours from PSF to find a comparable range of offerings at a single theatre within a few weeks’ time.
The Festival’s award-winning company of many world-class artists includes Broadway, film, and television veterans, and winners and nominees of the Tony, Emmy, Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Jefferson, Hayes, Lortel, and Barrymore awards. A leading Shakespeare theatre with a national reputation for excellence, PSF has received coverage in The Washington Post, NPR, American Theatre Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and in recent seasons The New York Times has identified PSF as one of the leading summer theatre festivals in the nation. “A world-class theater experience on a par with the top Bard fests,” is how one New York Drama Desk reviewer characterized PSF.

Founded in 1992 and the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PSF’s mission is to enrich, inspire, engage, and entertain the widest possible audience through first-rate productions of classical and contemporary plays, with a core commitment to Shakespeare and other master dramatists, and through an array of education and mentorship programs. A not-for-profit theatre, PSF receives significant support from its host, DeSales University, from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. With 150 performances of seven productions, the Festival attracts patrons each summer from 30+ states. In 26 years, PSF has offered 161 total productions (69 Shakespeare), and entertained 900,000+ patrons from 50 states, now averaging 38,000+ in attendance each summer season, plus another 15,000 students each year through its WillPower Tour. PSF is a multi-year recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts: Shakespeare in American Communities, and is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the Shakespeare Theatre Association. In 2013, leaders of the world’s premier Shakespeare theatres gathered at PSF as the Festival hosted the international STA Conference.

The Festival’s vision is for world-class work.