Fringe "Peanuts" Parody Dog Sees God Extension Now Under Off-Broadway Contract

News   Fringe "Peanuts" Parody Dog Sees God Extension Now Under Off-Broadway Contract The FringeNYC award-winning production of Dog Sees God — which previously announced its extension at the Soho Playhouse — is now officially an "Off-Broadway transfer" to the Soho Playhouse due to Actors' Equity stipulations.

Produced by File 14 Productions in association with the Soho Playhouse, the palindromically-titled show will continue at its current venue under an Off-Broadway contract — instead of the Equity Showcase Agreement it ran on during the festival — through Sept. 19.

The dispute between the union and the show was arose from the seating capacity at Soho Playhouse — which has for some past productions topped the 200-mark. Showcase productions are only allowed in under 99-seat venues. Equity maintains a side agreement with The New York International Fringe Festival that allows for use of any space below 14th Street and the possibility of show extensions of up to 16 performances. File 14 Productions wished to continue their run under the Equity Showcase Agreement, selling only 99 seats at Soho Playhouse.

One of the three Fringe Excellence Awards Overall Production winners, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a new play written by Bert V. Royal featuring original music by Tom Kitt (Debbie Does Dallas, the upcoming Laugh Whore). The take-off on the Charles Schulz comic strip "Peanuts" follows the story of "what happens when America’s favorite blockhead discovers that his beloved beagle has terminal rabies. 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" all fill the unauthorized parody.

The cast of Dog Sees God features Michael Gladis (Fifth of July), Bridget Barkan ("Everyday People"), Karen Diconcetto (UK pop group Daphne and Celeste), Tate Ellington, Benjamin Schrader, Jay Sullivan, Melissa Picarello and Stelianie Tekmitchov.

Scribe Royal is just happy to see his show stick around. "It was really important to us to be able to keep the momentum of our production going. We are so grateful to our investors and SoHo Playhouse for stepping in and making a continued run a reality," said Royal in a release statement. "It's just further proof that you can't keep a 'Good Man' down." Another Fringe graduate, Dixie's Tupperware Party, will also return to the New York stage later this year as Thomas Caruso's staging of the Kris Andersson work will move to Fez for a two-week limited engagement in late November.

Commercial producers have also began talks with the creators of Believe in Me, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, and The Bicycle Men for future productions, according to a FringeNYC spokesperson.

For tickets to Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street (between Sixth and Seventh Ave.), call 212-239-6200. For more information, visit www.royalmultimedia.com/menu.htm.

Promotional art for <i>Dog Sees God</i>
Promotional art for Dog Sees God