GMU Players Announces ‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’

Posted: September 30, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” pushes teen angst to the limits. Written by Bert V. Royal, the play features the “Peanuts” gang as teenagers dealing with difficult issues. The GMU Players perform this unauthorized parody of Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” Oct. 9-12 at Mason’s Black Box Theater.

Performances will be Oct. 9-11, at 8 p.m., and Oct. 11-12 at 2 p.m.

In the sprit of parodies, the play’s characters’ names have been altered. Charlie Brown is now CB (played by Philip Dallmann), Sally is CB’s Sister (played by Buffy Billone), Pig-Pen is Matt (played by Michael Deveney), Linus is Van (played by Sean Ordway), Lucy is Van’s Sister (played by Rachel Heyd), Schroeder is Beethoven (played by Andrew Hawkins), Peppermint Patty is Tricia (played by Kelly Hennessy) and Marcie is Marcy (played by Beth Wherry).

The play is directed by Patrick Magill, a senior theater major and arts administration minor and president of the GMU Players. He has also worked with Theater of the First Amendment as stage manager, assistant director and production manager.

The play begins when CB’s beloved beagle is diagnosed with rabies and must be put to sleep. Questioning the existence of a higher power and an afterlife, CB seeks solace in his friends. However, the rest of the gang is too busy experimenting with drugs and alcohol, his sister has become a goth and his girlfriend has recently been institutionalized.

A disillusioned CB finally finds peace through a new friend and confidant – an artistic student who is bullied by the rest of the gang. “Dog Sees God” won’s 2006 Audience Award for Favorite Off-Broadway Production and the 2006 HX Award for Best Play.

The GMU Players is a dynamic faculty-directed student organization within the Theater Department. The Mainstage Series provides students the opportunity to work directly with Mason theater faculty and guest artists, while the Studio Series is selected, directed and designed by students. The GMU Players produce eight productions each season.

Tickets are $6; $3 for students, seniors and Mason faculty and staff members. Limited free tickets are available for Mason students.

All performances are in the Black Box Theater in the Performing Arts Building on the Fairfax Campus. Tickets may be purchased at the door one hour prior to the performance. To purchase tickets by phone, contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at 703-993-8888.

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