Dog Sees God

By Bert Royal

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Extended! Aug. 5 – 29, 2010

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

true to the heart of [the original] comic strip ... phenomenal entertainment, sometimes hysterically funny, sometimes sweetly philosophical and ultimately poignant ... hugely entertaining and even mildly thought-provoking. – St. Petersburg Times
...audiences will laugh until their eyes water and then, possibly, shed genuine tears of sadness, too–both totally warranted responses that speak to the script's generic range and delicate subject matter as well as the merits of this production. – Drama Daily
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Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

Inventive and raunchy…hysterically funny.

NY Post

Jobsite presents the “unauthorized parody” that features America’s favorite cartoon gang 10 years after the events of their 50-year old comic strip with the darkly comic and poignant Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.

When CB’s dog dies from rabies, he begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too stoned 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.

In 2004, Dog Sees God was one of the breakout hits at the New York International Fringe Festival, winning the Excellence Award for Best Overall Production, as well as Theatermania’s Play Award of 2004, the GLAAD Media Award for Best Off-Off-Broadway production, Broadway.com’s 2006 Audience Award for Favorite Off-Broadway Production and the 2006 HX Award for Best Play.

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
Shawn Paonessa and Summer Bohnenkamp in Jobsite's Dog Sees God. (Photo: Brian Smallheer.)

Media

Previews

On the Radar: Jobsite Theater’s Dog Sees GodCreative Loafing

Angst-ridden teenage ‘Peanuts’ gang reappears in Straz Center play – St. Petersburg Times

Read the Creative Loafing interview with Dog Sees God actress Meg Heimstead.

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Krystalle Voecks – Stage Manager

Cast

  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Van’s Sister
  • Jason Evans – Van
  • Kari Goetz – CB’s Sister
  • Meg Heimstead – Marcy
  • Richard Kennedy – Matt
  • Spencer Meyers – Beethoven
  • Shawn Paonessa – CB
  • Katrina Stevenson – Tricia

Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Greg Newcomb – Graphic Designer
  • Joe Popp – “Linus and Lucy” Reimagining
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • Ken and Michelle Smith – Piano
  • Georgina Welch – Trumpet

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