2018-2019 Season

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

By Bert V. Royal

Dates / Show Times:

Oct. 20—Nov. 4, 2018
Saturdays & Sundays 7pm


When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. 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.

Parental discretion is required due to harsh themes and language. This play is not for younger children or the easily offended.

This play was performed on the same weekends as the family musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Teen Lifeline & Talk Back Sessions:

Teen Lifeline Teen Lifeline set up a table in the lobby after each performance of Dog Sees God, and also partnered with Spotlight in two talk back sessions in which the cast and audience engaged in discussion about the play and the issues it explored. The mission of Teen Lifeline is to provide a safe, confidential, and crucial crisis service where teens help teens make healthy decisions together. See more information at teenlifeline.org.


  • CB Jack Taylor
  • CB’s Sister Lindsay Gagnon
  • Van Christian Bader
  • Matt Devon Policci
  • Marcy Thea Eigo
  • Tricia Bethany Novotny
  • Beethoven Noah Lanouette
  • Van’s Sister Ali Giordano

Production Team:

  • Director Kenny Grossman
  • Stage Manager Falin Ossipinsky
  • Set & Media Design Bobby Sample
  • Costume Design Samantha Utpadel
  • Lighting & Sound Design Josh Hontz
  • Hair & Makeup Design Angel DeMichael
  • Properties Artisan Vicki Grossman

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Awards & Recognitions for Dog Sees God

2018-2019 National Youth Arts Awards

  • Outstanding Production (Won)
  • Artist of the Year: (Won for multiple roles including Dog Sees God) Bethany Novotny
  • Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play: (Won) Jack Taylor
  • Outstanding Supporting Performance (College Division): (Won) Alixandra Giordano
  • Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play: (Won) Christian Bader, Thea Eigo and Lindsay Gagnon
  • Outstanding Direction: (Won) Kenny Grossman
  • Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play: (Nominated) Noah Lanouette and Devon Policci
  • Outstanding Ensemble (Nominated)

2018-2019 ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

  • Actress in a Supporting Role – Youth Play: (Won) Ali Giordano
  • Best Overall Production – Youth Play (Nominated)
  • Actor in a Major Role – Youth Play: (Nominated) Jack Taylor
  • Actress in a Supporting Role – Youth Play: (Nominated) Thea Eigo and Lindsay Gagnon
  • Actor in a Supporting Role – Youth Play: (Nominated) Noah Lanouette
  • Director – Youth Play: (Nominated) Kenny Grossman