Dog Sees God, Hit Fringe Spoof of the "Peanuts" Gang, Gets Off-Broadway Run

News   Dog Sees God, Hit Fringe Spoof of the "Peanuts" Gang, Gets Off-Broadway Run
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead — the award-winning 2004 FringeNYC take-off of the "Peanuts" characters, who are seen a decade after their childhood foibles — will reach Off-Broadway later this year for a commercial run.

Trip Cullman (The Last Sunday in June) will direct the new run, which begins Nov. 28 at the downtown's Century Center for the Performing Arts, according to a production spokesperson. Opening is Dec. 15.

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.

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 recent private reading in New York May 9. No casting for the upcoming run has yet been announced.

Dede Harris — currently represented on Broadway by The Pillowman, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Hairspray — will produce. Other recent credits include 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. 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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