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Constellation III: Dog Wish

Dog Wish

Constellation III

April 3-7 & April 10-14, 2013


Curtain times:  Wednesday thru Saturday 8:00 p.m. • Sunday 2:00 p.m. matinee

Location:  Florida Gulf Coast University's Theatre located in the Arts Complex

Tickets:  $7.00 (tickets are now available on-line)

Scripted and Directed by:  Michelle Hayford


"Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog." - James Thurber

An original play created in collaboration with The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane University, Dog Wish explores the human-animal bond we share with “man’s best friend.” Dog Wish stages the diversity of human-dog relationships with a script based on interview narratives with animal behaviorists, K9 sheriffs, local rescues, animal assisted therapy providers, shelter technicians, and dog lovers of many stripes.  Dog Wish conveys heartwarming stories of unconditional love, confounding tales of abuse and dog fighting, and the joyful intimacies of humans' lives with dogs—while revealing truths about the human animal.

Notable interviews staged in Dog Wish include Dr. Patricia McConnell (author of The Other End of the Leash and radio personality on NPR’s Calling All Pets), Dr. Alan Beck (Director of Purdue University’s Center of the Human-Animal Bond), and Karen Lasker and Paula Brody of local non-profit The Brody Project, as well as FGCU professor of biology Charles Gunnels. 

Dog Wish includes dance, movement, monologues, ensemble scenes, and film to share dynamic and entertaining stories from national and local experts and “dog people” about our endearing canine companions. 

All interviews and research conducted by FGCU students, cast, and Michelle Hayford.


Dog Wish will also be performed at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 1st Street, Fort Myers

April 15-17, 2013 • Tickets $10 • Cocktails 7:30pm, Curtain 8:00pm

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