From Arts After Hours –
DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD
by Bert V. Royal
March 15-24, 2019
Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater
Lynn Arts, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn
Directed by Catherine M. Bertrand
Stage Management by Jen Mageary
Costume Design by Amanda Allen
Set Design by Kayla Cantrall
Lighting Design by Erik Fox
Technical Direction/Sound Engineering by Dave Simmons
CB: Zack Page
CB’s Sister: Courtney Plati
Van: Bruno Barbuto
Matt: Nick Bennett-Zendzian
Beethoven: Chris Reade
Marcy: Ashleigh Reade
Tricia: Samantha Laney
Van’s Sister: Brit Christopher
Produced by Artistic Director Samantha Gambaccini
When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.
“Good grief! The Peanuts kids have finally come out of their shells.” —Time Out NY.
“A welcome antidote to the notion that the Peanuts gang provides merely a slice of American cuteness.” —NY Times.
“…easily identifiable with the Peanuts crowd yet with a distinctly ‘Royal’ touch…The way Royal builds on the foundation of Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip actually results in a parody that’s also a stand-alone play apt to resonate even with anyone belonging to that small population segment unfamiliar with Peanuts.” —CurtainUp.
“Inventive and raunchy…hysterically funny.” —NY Post.
“Bert V. Royal is the playwright of the Off-Broadway show DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD and is he ready to confess all!” —Broadway.com. “DOG SEES GOD doesn’t feel like the same old high-school-warfare schlock. The characters—teenage and reckless—are both genuinely sympathetic and unquestionably cruel. Growing more hysterical—and more harrowing—as it flows to an inevitable, uncomfortable end, this taut comedy manages to make tired clichés about stoners and popular homecoming airheads funny and endearing.” —NY Magazine.
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