Bert V. Royal
University College of Fraser Valley
Written by Bert V. Royal. Directed by Mark Mazzarella. Produced by Yoni Weiss and Mark Mazzarella.
The PEANUTS gang is all grown up, and ready to raise some hell.
Theatre students at Interlochen Arts Academy have joined together to perform this 100% student-run production of DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD.
Written by American screenwriter and playwright, Bert V. Royal is author of the smart comedy Easy A. He moved to New York City with no college degree and very little professional experience. Seven years later, Royal’s hit play opens off-Broadway and pocketed a six-figure advance to write an original screenplay for Paramount, thanks to the play’s quick triumph. The play became a hit at New York’s 2004 Fringe Festival, which gave way to an all-star off-Broadway production, playing 98 performances.
When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend 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, 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. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and "repressed homosexual anger" collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.