Ohlone selected to compete in theater festival: Dog Sees God encore performance Theatre - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, February 12, 2013—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Woman in handcuffs wraps chain of cuffs around man's neck.Bert V. Royal's, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead premiered at Ohlone College last November under the direction of Michael Navarra. This edgy, honest and scathingly funny play has now been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) western regional conference. Dog Sees God was selected as one of only three plays, out of 137 entrants, to represent colleges and universities in Region VII, drawing from nine western states. Ohlone College was the only community college selected as a finalist.

Woman looks angrily at sad man.This is the second time in three years that an Ohlone College Theatre production has competed as a finalist. In 2011, under the direction of Tom Blank, The Time Machine, Love Among the Eloi was nominated. Based loosely on the "Peanuts" characters grown to high school age, Dog Sees God takes the comic strip and turns it on its ear. Scrape off the childlike veneer, shake it up and see what comes spilling out. Ohlone College's production presents a raw, realistic and humorous view of what might happen to the Peanuts gang if they all grew up. And the funny thing is, they turn out to be a lot like everyone you knew in high school. And maybe a little bit like you.

Director Michael Navarra's take on the underlying theme is that the central character CB struggles through the course of the play, like most teenagers, to define his own identity. Through the course of the events and his interactions with other characters, he figures out that maybe fitting in and being like everyone else doesn't matter... usually the first step to growing up.

Man looks longingly at a man.Before the cast and crew head off to compete at the Theatre Festival, they will perform the play one last time at the Smith Center at Ohlone College. Proceeds from the Friday, February 15 performance will be used to help cover the costs for transporting the set, costumes, cast and crew to the KCACTF conference. While attending the conference the cast and crew will be challenged by workshops, classes, auditions, and university and professional recruiting. So, whether you missed the performance the first time, or even if you went to every show, support the Ohlone College Theatre and Dance students at their last performance of Dog Sees God (for mature audiences).

  • Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
  • Friday, Feb 15
  • 8 p.m.
  • Smith Center at Ohlone College
    43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
  • (510) 659-6031
  • www.smithcenter.com
  • Tickets: $10
  • Event Parking: $2

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