‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’ in Second Stage Series

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 22, 2011 – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” Dec. 8-11 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.

Productions are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-10 and for 2 p.m. Dec. 11.

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” is a satirical drama that imagines characters from the comic strip “Peanuts” as teenagers. The characters deal with many of the problems that come with being in high school, including alcohol, drugs, religion and finding an identity. The production premiered in August 2004 at the Soho Playhouse as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

The performance at Southeast is student directed by Kyle Morr of St. Charles, Mo., who is being mentored by Amy Fritsche, assistant professor of theatre and dance, and is part of the Theatre and Dance Second Stage Series.

“I am very excited at the opportunity to direct such a beautiful and hilarious play,” Morr said. “I am looking forward to getting my cast and starting rehearsals. ‘Dog Sees God’ delivers a very powerful message, and I am confident that everyone who comes to see this production will take something away from it.

“Charlie Brown himself can be quoted in the old comic strips saying, ‘In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back,’” Morr said. “His older self, now named ‘C.B.,’ would probably agree.”

“‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’” offers an edgy view on the Peanuts characters,” Fritsche said. “It confronts a lot of issues that teens and college-aged students face using characters with whom the American public relates. It’s also very funny. They laugh at themselves with adult subject matter.”

Written by Bert Royal, “Dog Sees God” features characters whose names have been changed from the “Peanuts” comic strip for those appearing in the play. Characters include “CB” (Charlie Brown), “CB’s Sister” (Sally), “Van” (Linus), “Matt” (Pig-Pen), Beethoven (“Schroeder”), Tricia York (“Peppermint Patty”), Marcy (“Marcie”) and Van’s Sister (“Lucy”).

The production contains adult language and content.

Tickets are on Sale Now.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.