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(Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Humane Society)

Cuddly actor graces the stage

It’s not often that a homeless dog gets a full-page biography in a theater playbill.

Jazz, a year-and-a-half old pit bull terrier mix, is earning that distinction.

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and the Baltimore Humane Society have teamed up to feature adoptable animals in several of BSF’s productions this season.

Jazz is the first of the adoptable canines to join the cast of “Richard III,” which the BSF is staging from March 28 through April 19. Jazz will co-star in the production, taking the role of young Richard’s pet dog.

“He loves attention and a good cuddle, so he’s predicted to be a great team player and a popular favorite with the Shakespeare Factory,” said Wendy Goldband, the society’s director of marketing and public relations.

The acting company is not only using animals supplied by the Humane Society in its current season, but it’s helping the society by maintaining a B’more Humane information table at all of its shows.

Adoptable dogs and cats will appear in several plays to be performed by the BSF at the Great Hall Theatre, 3900 Roland Ave., in Baltimore.

A free preview of Richard III will be held on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the theater.

For more information or tickets, visit or call 410-921-WILL (9455).

Anyone who sees Jazz or any of the other Baltimore Humane Society “actors” will get half off the adoption fee if they come to adopt the animal and mention it when they fill out the application. For information about the society, visit or call 410-833-8848.