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‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’ at the Tre Stage Theatre in Hollywood

Five locals perform in play

Posted: June 18, 2009 3:37 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2009 6:05 a.m.
Five SCV residents appear in "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," which opens at the Tre Stage Theatre in Hollywood on June 27, and continues on July 4, 11, 18 and 25. Written by Bert V. Royal, the "unauthorized parody" of the famous "Peanuts" comic strip takes a look at the gang in their high school years.

In an interview with the writer, Glenn Meads described a previous presentation of Royal's play in this way: "This time round, things are slightly more darker than you remember. Royal's version features drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity, which collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful."

Royal, himself, said, "Peanuts was the ultimate in angst. But, of course, teenagers are far more angst ridden than grade school children and the idea of having these kids dealing with things far greater than kites getting stuck in trees was very funny to me."
The play is directed by Vanessa Bronson, who also plays the character of Van's Sister (aka Lucy).

Dash Shenberger plays CB (aka Charlie Brown). Jesse Johnson plays Beethoven (aka Shroeder). Lisa Kay Jennings plays CB's Sister (aka Sally). Dominick Aznavour plays Matt (aka Pigpen). Randy Reynolds plays Van (aka Linus). Ashley Elizabeth plays Marcy and Jessica Kaplan plays Tricia (aka Peppermint Patty).

Dasch Shenberger has been a key player in the local theatre scene for many years.

Jesse Johnson is an artist and musician from Washington.

Lisa Kay Jennings is an accomplished actress with an extensive theatre, film,and dance background.

Dominick Aznavour has also been a fixture on the local theatre scene and has ambitions to be in film.

Randy Reynolds specializes in Improv theatre and music, along with doing some short films.

Ashley Elizabeth is a model and actress from Boston.

Jessica Kaplan specializes in comedy and improv.

Vanessa Bronson has spent a great deal of time on stage and is currently studying at Stella Adler Acting Conservatory. This will be the second play she has directed.


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