Good Grief: Dog Sees God Gets a Starry Young Cast for Off-Broadway

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Screen stars Eddie Kaye Thomas and Eliza Dushku will star in the upcoming Off-Broadway run of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, the award-winning 2004 FringeNYC take-off of the "Peanuts" characters.

Trip Cullman (The Last Sunday in June) will direct the new run, which begins Nov. 30 at the downtown's Century Center for the Performing Arts, according to a production spokesperson. Opening is Dec. 15.

Thomas ("American Pie," Smelling A Rat) and Dushku ("Bring It On," "Tru Calling") will be featured in a cast that also includes America Ferrara ("Real Women Have Curves"), Ari Graynor ("Mystic River," Brooklyn Boy), Logan Marshall Green ("The O.C.," The Distance From Here), Keith Nobbs ("Phone Booth," Romance) and Michael Rady ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants").

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is written by Bert V. Royal. The take-off on 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.

The design team for Dog Sees God features David Korins (scenic), Jenny Mannis (costumes), Darron L. West (sound) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting).

Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous," "Saved!"), Anna Paquin ("The Piano," After Ashley), Michelle Trachtenberg ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Ice Princesses"), Logan Marshall-Green ("The O.C.," The Distance From Here), Alison Pill ("Pieces of April," On the Mountain), John Gallagher Jr. ("Pieces of April," Kimberly Akimbo) and Mark Weber ("The Laramie Project," The Distance From Here) took part in a New York private reading May 9. Dede Harris — currently represented on Broadway by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Hairspray — will produce with Sorrell Tomlinson and David Carpenter as associate producers. Other recent credits for Harris include The Pillowman, Shockheaded Peter, Golda's Balcony, The Crucible, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Metamorphoses, Noises Off, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Music Man, Swing!, The Exonerated and tick, tick...BOOM!

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.

Susan W. Lovell directed the original Fringe cast of Dog Sees God featured 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. Daniel Franzese, who appeared in the teen centric "Mean Girls," stepped into the role of Van for the original Off-Broadway run.

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.

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