Nov 20, 2017
A teenage boy named CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife after his dog dies in “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Bert V. Royal, a production by the Humboldt State Department of Theatre, Film & Dance beginning Dec. 1.
Isaiah Alexander (left) as Van with Mickey Donovan as CB.Unable to find solace from his friends after his dog’s death, CB turns to an artistic classmate, but their rekindled friendship pushes the bounds of what CB’s friends are willing to accept, forcing CB to consider who he wants to be. “Dog Sees God” is a touching and thought-provoking play about being different in a school filled with people who all pretend to be the same.
The play has been described as an “unauthorized parody” of the work of Charles M. Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. We meet his famous characters as high school students in a story that dabbles with themes of bullying, suicide, self-identification, eating disorders, prejudice, death, and hope, but also contains welcome humor throughout.
Professor Troy Lescher, who directed the play, chose it because “first and foremost, ‘Dog Sees God’ is an excellent learning opportunity for HSU Theatre students. The play requires creative yet simple design elements, strong acting performances, and a whole bunch of truth. Given the fact that the characters are all teenagers, this script is perfectly suited for university-level student actors.
“Considering it is a story that explores the complexities and challenges of adolescence itself, I knew our HSU students would be genuinely motivated to bring it to life.”
Mickey Donovan (left) as CB with Amy Beltran as CB’s sister.
“Dog Sees God” opens Friday, Dec. 1 and continues Dec. 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Gist Hall Theatre on campus. There will be one matinee performance beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. General admission is $10. Students and seniors are $8. The production is suitable for ages 16 and older. Lot parking is free on weekends. For tickets, please call 707-826-3928 or visit centerarts.humboldt.edu/Online.