Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, by Bert
V. Royal, is a parody of the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz.
Charlie Brown and the gang are no longer children - now they're
teenagers in high school, dealing with current teenage issues including
peer pressure, bullying, drugs, identity, and homophobia.
Since so many of us grew up seeing the Peanuts characters in a
comic strip format, I decided to base the set on the Sunday comics:
neatly lined up colored frames. But, to show that the old order
and innocence are no longer there, the frames are peeling off the
page and onto the floor, where they become platforms, entrances,
and projection surfaces.
Projections were a major part of this show, as we wanted to use
them to show the various locations but still keep the feeling of
a comic strip.
This show was selected as a finalist in the Kennedy
Center American College Theatre Festival Region 7 conference
in February 2013.
"[Director Michael] Navarra said several things about Ohlone's
production may have caught the eye of festival judges, such as the
inventive set created by professional designer George Ledo. 'On
the background behind the actors, we have all these comic strip
frames that appear to be falling off a page onto the stage,' Navarra
said. 'It's a metaphor for these characters we know and love who
are kind of falling apart; the innocence of the comic strip is falling
and entering into today's high schools.'"
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Ohlone College, Fremont, CA