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.
Somerhalder appeared as Boone, the first major character to be killed, on the first season of TV's "Lost." The actor has also appeared in the films "Rules of Attraction" and the upcoming "Pulse" as well as other TV stints on "Smallville," ""Young Americans," "CSI: Miami," Law & Order: SVU" and "Now and Again."
He joins Thomas ("American Pie," Smelling A Rat) and Dushku ("Bring It On," "Tru Calling") in a cast 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). Somerhalder replaces the previously announced Michael Rady.
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. 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.
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.