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5 Reasons We’re In Love with Dash the Dog from Shakespeare in Love

June 1, 2017 by Anne Berkowitz
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1. Meet Dash, the fluffy mutt who plays Spot in Shakespeare in Love.

Seasoned actor Luigi Sottile adopted the little rascal last year. After Sottile was cast in the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Shakespeare in Love, the producers began looking for a pup to play Spot, the mascot to Lord Chamberlain’s men. The handsome actor recommended his terrier Dash to the adaptation of the Oscar-nominated film. In spite of being a novice, Dash turned out to be born to grace the stage.

2. Dash is clearly the star of the show.

If you have any doubts of the rescue dog’s stage presence, check out his charming interview on You&Me. You’ll get to see a few clips of him in action as well.

3. In fact, Dash has received excellent reviews.

Photo by Liz Lauren

Just like Shakespeare in Love, Dash is a big hit. The esteemed reporter Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune remarked, “There are several splendid cameos, including… the dog Dash as Spot.”

4. Dash gets to wear a handsome costume.

You won’t be able to help being positively tickled by Dash’s fetching Elizabethan collar… or should we say, dash-ing collar? His costume helps him fit right into the world around him and seal the illusion of him being a rascally pup from the 16th century.


5. And Dash is a fast learner!

In an interview with Theatre in Chicago, contributor Mary Shen Barnidge reported Luigi Sottile as remarking, “Before we—the human actors, I mean—started rehearsal… Dash only knew how to do half a rollover, because he loves belly rubs and that’s his way of asking for one. Rendy Schuchat, founder of Anything Is Pawsable and a certified dog trainer, taught him how to extend the rollover after receiving a combination verbal and physical signal… Sometimes Dash does it too early, because he knows a treat is coming afterward. When that happens, we have him do it twice!”

You won’t want to miss Dash (and Luigi!) in the hilarious and heartwarming play Shakespeare in Love, which is playing at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre until June 18th. Be sure to check out TodayTix to save over 30% on seats. You can also enter the daily mobile lottery for your chance to win $30 tickets!

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