Trip Cullman (The Last Sunday in June) will direct the new run of the award winning 2004 FringeNYC take-off of the "Peanuts" characters. Previews begin Dec. 1 towards a Dec. 15 opening at the downtown's Century Center for the Performing Arts.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is written by Bert V. Royal. The spoof of the Charles Schulz comic strip "Peanuts" follows the original gang a decade later as their beloved beagle companion dies. A missing pen pal, an abused pianist, a pyromaniac ex-girlfriend, two drunk cheerleaders, a homophobic quarterback, a burnt out Buddhist and a drama queen sister fill the show's ensemble.
Up-and comer Garner has been seen in the films "Man of the House," "Thumbsucker," "The Aviator" as well as on television in "Grounded for Life" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." She is slated to appear in a number of upcoming films including "London," "Rajapur," "Dreamland," "Safety Glass" and "Autopsy."
She joins Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie," Smelling A Rat), Eliza Dushku ("Bring It On," "Tru Calling") and Ian Somerhalder ("Lost," "Rules of Attraction") in an ensemble that also features America Ferrara ("Real Women Have Curves"), Ari Graynor ("Mystic River," Brooklyn Boy), Logan Marshall Green ("The O.C.," The Distance From Here) and Keith Nobbs ("Phone Booth," Romance).
The design team for Dog Sees God features David Korins (scenic), Jenny Mannis (costumes), Darron L. West (sound) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting). Dede Harris — currently represented on Broadway by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Hairspray — will produce with Martian Entertainment as co-producer. Sorrell Tomlinson and David Carpenter are associate producers.
Produced by File 14 Productions at The New York International Fringe Festival in 2004, the palindromically-titled show then continued at its venue under an Off Broadway contract in association with the Soho Playhouse. The work received a Fringe Excellence Award for Overall Production and GLAAD's Media Award for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Production.
Tickets to Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Century Center, 111 East 15th Street, will be available through (212) 239-6200.