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Theatre production of ‘Dog Sees God’ explores teen issues

Ah, sweet ol’ Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang; ageless and wise beyond their years. Well, not so much anymore.

"Dog Sees God" will be presented Feb. 23-28.

“Dog Sees God” will be presented Feb. 23-28.

Now they’re all grown up, and the real world is nothing like the funny pages. Sister Sally’s gone Goth, Linus is a feckless stoner, promiscuous party-girls Peppermint Patty and Marcy are budding young alcoholics. Lucy, convicted of arson for igniting the little red-haired girl’s hair on fire, cools her heels in a psychiatric lockup, and now, after savaging Woodstock in a rabid fit, the much beloved Snoopy has been put down, sending Charlie Brown into an existential funk, questioning the meaning of life, the existence of God, and his own identity. Will his pen pal finally write back with some answers?

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, called an “unauthorized parody” by playwright Bert V. Royal, is a darkly humorous, ultimately touching theatrical exploration of the existential challenges faced by 21st century teens, as they struggle to find their “true” identities while navigating a youth culture fraught with peer pressure, substance abuse, emerging sexuality and suicide.

Since its premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2004, this quirky, sometimes hilarious sometimes tragic fantasia, loosely inspired by Charles Schulz’s much beloved characters, has gone on to become an international, award-winning success.

WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present Dog Sees God Feb. 23-28 in the Lab Theatre of Gordon Wilson Hall. Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and Feb. 27-28 and 3 p.m. Feb. 26. Dog Sees God features adult topics and language and is intended for mature audiences only.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors and can be purchased at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts box office at (270) 745-3121.

Cast members include Asya Hildenbrand, a junior from Jasper, Indiana; Conner Keef, a sophomore from Maysville; Matthew Kerman, a freshman from Shepherdsville; Trent Marcum, a senior from London; Hope Pauly, a junior from Villa Hills; Sabrina Sieg, a junior from Louisville; Nick Struck, a sophomore from Louisville; and Becca Willenbrink, a freshman from Louisville.

Students working with the faculty on the production staff include sound designer Brittany Copeland, a junior from Louisville; lighting designer Tia Fields, a junior from Louisville; production stage manager Kelly McGee, a senior from Louisville; and costume designer Bekah Napier, a senior from Alexandria.

About Theatre and Dance: More than 15,000 people were entertained by the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance last year. The department presents over 20 productions every year including four Mainstage productions, two Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress. More information about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560

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