Thursday, October 25, 2012
Office of College Advancement
Fremont, CA-Take everything you knew about the Peanuts characters and turn it on its ear. Then, scrape off the childlike veneer, shake it up and see what comes spilling out. That's pretty much what happens in Bert Royal's unauthorized parody of "CB" and his friends grown to high school age in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Ohlone College's production, directed by Michael Navarra, 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.
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.
Michael Navarra, who is guest directing at Ohlone, is a professional producer, director, and actor in both theatre and film and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity. He has played leading roles with TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Repertory Theatre, and the Teatro di Cestello in Florence, Italy. His producing credits include "Us," a feature film starring Alanna Ubach; the pilot episode for "Finding The One," which he also wrote and directed; the documentary "Resurrecting Love," and Sam Shepard's play "Fool For Love," in Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of UC Irvine and holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington, where he studied with Jon Jory. He has taught at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Ohlone College, Napa Valley College, Pacific Union College, and the University of Washington.
The production runs November 2-3, 8-10, 15-17 (ASL interpreted November 10) in the Studio Theatre located inside the Smith Center at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Boulevard, in Fremont. All shows begin at 8pm. Tickets $10-$12. Parking for events is always $2 without a semester permit. For tickets and more information, visit www.smithcenter.com or call 510-659-6031. For mature audiences with explicit language.