Context


Following a reading in May of the same year, Dog Sees God premiered at the SoHo Playhouse during the New York International Fringe Festival in 2004, where it won an award for Best Overall Production, Directed by Susan W. Lovell, it featured Michael Gladis as CB, Benjamin Schrader as Beethoven, and Melissa Picarello as Van’s Sister. After another reading, the show received it’s first Off-Broadway production in 2005, with Eddie Kaye Thomas as CB, Logan Marshall Green as Beethoven, Eliza Dushku as Van’s Sister, and America Ferrera as CB’s Sister. In recent years, Dog Sees God has received numerous productions across the United States, and has been much used in scene-study class settings, as well.

Playwright Bert. V. Royal’s play, an unofficial update or parody of Charles Schulz’s classic comic strip “Peanuts”, was inspired when he sought to write about a group of “well-known characters who would lend themselves to both comedy or tragedy, and by the fact that he finds teenagers, who live in “this period of time in which puberty makes you crazy”, to be terrifying.

Written just several years after the death of Charles Schulz, the play also acts as a tribute, in which the “Peanuts” creator speaks from heaven at the end of the play, in the form of a letter from CB’s pen pal, CS.

Royal, Bert V. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Dramatists Play Service, New York, NY. 2006.

NYU Livewire. “Dog Sees God Playwright Looks Outside His World.” https://journalism.nyu.edu/publishing/archives/livewire/archived/dogseesgodplaywrightlooks/. Accessed April 26th, 2017.

Broadway.com. “Bert V. Royal: Celebrity Gossip.” http://www.broadway.com/buzz/6179/bert-v-royal-celebrity-gossip/. December 27th, 2005.

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