Xennial Productions Online
Garfield, NJ 07026
XENNIAL PRODUCTIONS ONLINE and Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York PRESENTS AUDITIONS FOR....
DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD
Written by Bert V. Royal
An "unauthorized continuation," this play reimagines characters from the popular comic strip Peanuts as degenerate teenagers. Drug use, child sexual abuse, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sexual relations and identity are among the issues covered in this parody of the works of Charles M. Schulz.
When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend Van (Linus Van Pelt) is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister (Sally Brown) has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend (Lucy Van Pelt) has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, Beethoven (Schroeder), the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits.
(All character's use literal names that are different than the ones you are familiar with. This is because Charles M. Schultz did not write this play, hence the "unauthorized" label. However, the auditioners and the audience should know who they all are but I have put their original character names in parentheses below just in case!)
"CB" (Charlie Brown/18-20-ish) is the main character in the play. He is intensely saddened over the death of his dog, and is forced to question both his sexuality and his social status when he unwittingly falls for his classmate Beethoven (Schroeder).
"CB's Sister" (Sally/18-20-ish) has gone Goth, at least for a portion of the play. It is mentioned that, like her character basis, she changes her philosophy on life often. Her other personas during the course of the play are scripted as thug (called "gansta-bitch" in the script), and hippie.
"Van" (Linus/18-20-ish), always the philosopher in childhood, is now a pothead with a worldview to match. He repeatedly attempts to pursue a sexual relationship with CB's Sister.
"Matt" (Pig-Pen/18-20-ish) is a pathological germophobe whose dirtiness has been internalized - he is sex-obsessed and homophobic, and terrorizes Beethoven mercilessly. He is also a football player, and is CB's best friend.
"Beethoven" (Schroeder/18-20-ish) became the school outcast prior to events in the play when it was revealed that he was sexually abused by his father. A bit of a recluse, Beethoven takes solace in playing the piano, but when he and CB become romantically involved, his world is turned upside down.
"Tricia" (Peppermint Patty/18-20-ish), a party girl, who professes herself to be pretty and popular. Though never spoken outright in the play, the general consensus is that her last name is York.
"Marcy" (Marcie/18-20-ish), a party girl and Tricia's sidekick. She has a threesome with Tricia and Matt during the play.
"Van's Sister" (Lucy/18-20-ish) has been institutionalized for setting the Little Red-Haired Girl's hair on fire.
"Pen Pal"-(OS VOICE/18-Up) Does not appear in person, but has a key part in the play. This character additionally alludes to being a representation of God; he/she/it has a clear picture of an afterlife and signs letters with the initials "CS" (Charles Schulz).
THE AUDITIONS-ALL SUBMISSIONS DUE ON 1/12 @ 12PM.
Please select as many characters as you'd like to try out for. Then choose ANY theater, television, or film monologue that you feel fits the essence of this character. The only requirement is that it be 2-3 minutes long. It is ok if you go over a bit but try not to go under 2 minutes. The monologue does NOT have to be memorized....placing the monologue up on your computer screen I've found works really well. Please also upload your audition video to any of the following:
3. Wetransfer.com (if choosing this method, then you must email your audition video to me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE CALL BACKS
TBD-These may or may not exist-we shall see...
These TWO performances will consist of a pre recorded performance shown twice and viewed on the website Showtix4u.com.
I will be sending out emails to those who are cast. The rehearsals will be decided upon once everyone is cast based on everyone's schedules...however, not everyone will be needed for every single rehearsal so as not to waste your time.
When cast, please include any dates for the month of Jan. that you cannot be at a rehearsal for...this will allow me to create an efficient rehearsal schedule.
PLEASE EMAIL ME AT XENNIALPRODUCTIONSONLINE@GMAIL.COM WITH ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS. I WANT YOU TO DO AN AWESOME AUDITION SO EVERY QUESTION I RECEIVE, I WILL ANSWER. REMEMBER THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS...JUST SILLY ONES. AND THAT'S OKAY.
-PJ (YOUR DIRECTOR)