Youngstown State University Theater’s Blackbox Productions will stage Bert V. Royal’s comedy-drama “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.”
The student production will be staged in Spotlight Arena Theater Thursday through Sunday.
“Dog Sees God” centers on the character CB, who begins to question the existence of an afterlife after his dog dies of rabies. 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 sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.
“Dog Sees God” is directed by David Palmer, a junior who is from California. The cast includes Emily Shipley (Struthers), John Cruz (Mineral Ridge), Kelly Sullivan (Youngstown), Patrick Hobby (Poland), Matt Malloy (Beaver, Pa.), Natalie Martzial (Boardman), Cory Davis (Pittsburgh), and Ashley Whited (Struthers).