Dog Sees God

(Un)Officially Heads Up Productions first show, Dog Sees God was produced with the permission of the University of Akron Theatre Guild.  It garnered significant attention on campus and in the community with 4-sell out performances. (2 rows of chairs had to be added and audience members were still seated in the tech balcony.) Dog Sees God set up the bass line with which we still grove to this very day – from the ensemble nature of the show to the simple sets and costumes to the directing style of the artistic director.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal is an unoffical paraody of one of the world’s most famous comic strips. 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 peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.

The Ensemble

India Burton
Toni Clair
Josh Davis
Robert Samuel Grant III
Tiffany Johnson
Jeffrey Klemm
Jesse Pine
Antonia Villalon

Director: Benjamin Rexroad
Choreographer:  Jessica Lee
Stage Manager/Properties Design: Dan Ward
Costume Design: John Catlos
Set Design: Antonia Villalon
Lighting Design: Ryan Durfee & Kevin Root

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Photos by Brenda Rexroad

Reviews of Dog Sees God

I enjoyed the show thoroughly opening night. I just wanted to let you know that you all did a wonderful job. I came because of Jeff and Jesse (well, also for the guy on guy action) but watched intently because of the quality and uniqueness of the show. The play covered an issue very important to me.

My cousin was a lesbian and when my family found out they outcasted her. She ran away and got caught up in the drug scene. She died in September from a morphine and alcohol overdose. She had been sober so we are unsure if it was a suicide or not.

I was pleased to see that you explored such controversy in a very real way. The truth that many do not see is that this is real and this happens to real people. It is extremely important for others to know and understand the impact they have on another person’s life. As the one woman who said she does not think we are such a mean society and that this no longer happens, I realize how blind and ignorant people can be. Yes, the gay/ lesbian community is more well-known and people fighting for their rights are more well-known but this does not mean the abuse/violence has dissipated but it has, in many ways, increased. For any individual that has/ is attending your show, they will surely leave with a different perspective.

Also, on a happier note, each performer really made his/her part their own. The acting was real – the emotion was on a level above expectation and left many of the audience members there very emotional including myself.  Job well done!

I hope you take all of the praises you receive and know that you not only have the power to impact people but are accomplishing it.
-Lisa Conti
April 2009


Dog Sees God is the best college production we have ever seen. PERIOD

It’s smart (What happens when the Peanuts gang grows up).

It’s emotional (You will tear up at least once).

It’s well acted (The guy who pretty much steals the show has never acted before. He should keep doing it)

It’s well written (The ending is absolutely brilliant)

It’s sold out every show (And it should)

It’s got hot half naked guys (And chicks with balconies you could do Shakespeare from)

It made us excited about theatre again (We still have a month before Evil Dead)

If you didn’t see it, we feel sorry for you.
-Mike & Ike
April 2009


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