University Theater presents “Dog Sees God”

Dog Sees God

Cast members of the comedy/drama “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” are, clockwise, Emily Shipley (on floor), Cory Davis, Patrick Hobby, Kelly Sullivan, John Cruz, Ashley Whited, Natalie Martzial and Matt Malloy.

University Theater opens 2013 with the comedy/drama “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” in Bliss Hall’s Spotlight Arena on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24, 25 and 26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105. Ticket price for the general public is $5 with $3 tickets available for students, senior citizens and Penguin Club members. Season ticket coupons will be honored. There are no reserved seats in Spotlight Arena Theater, so patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

The play, which contains adult concepts, focuses on CB. 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.

The production is directed by Junior David Palmer of Upland, Calif. The cast includes Emily Shipley of Struthers, as CB’s sister; John Cruz of Mineral Ridge as Matt; Kelly Sullivan of Youngstown as Tricia; Patrick Hobby of Poland, Ohio, as CB; Matt Malloy of Beaver, Pa., as Van; Natalie Martzial of Boardman as Van’s sister; Cory Davis of Pittsburgh, Pa., as Beethoven; and Ashley Whited of Struthers as Marcy.