Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

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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 and sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this groups 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 is both haunting and hopeful.

Performing November 4th-December 4th 2016 at The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago!

(Recommended for Mature Audiences Only)

Directed by Eclectic Artistic Director David Belew

 

The Cast

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-6-21-18-pmJennifer Allman (Marcy) 

Jennifer is happy to be making her Eclectic debut with Dog Sees God. Most recently she was seen in The Jungle Book with Theatre-Hikes and United We Stand Divided We Are, Final Answers, and The Masks We Wear at The Second City Theatre. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Theatre from Berry College (magna cum laude). Many thanks to David Belew, everyone at Eclectic, and her fellow blockheads! www.jenniferallman.com

 

 

Andy Blaustein headshotAndy Blaustein* (Van) 

“My dear friend, don’t ever stop asking questions.” Andy is excited to be performing with Eclectic. Chicago theater credits include: The Shape of Things (Eclectic), In the Heat of the Night (Shattered Globe), El Stories 17: New in Town (Waltzing Mechanics), and Laughter on the 23 Floor (Eclectic). Other credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theater at Monmouth), The Real Inspector Hound (Theater at Monmouth),Terezin: Children of the Holocaust (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and The Corn is Green(Huntington Theatre Company). Andy is a graduate of iO improv and Shattered Globe’s Protege Program. He is represented by Big Mouth Talent. Andy would also like to give a shout out and thanks to Noni and her chinchilla Fiona for all their love and support. Four years in Chicago.

 

 

laura-carneyLaura Carney* (Van’s Sister) 

Laura is thrilled to be stepping outside of her career as a scenic artist to act in this hilarious and heart breaking play. Her painting can be seen in theatres such as The Greenhouse, Writers’, the Athenaeum, and many others. She’s is an Eclectic Full Contact company member, and the Assistant Charge Artist at Means of Production.

 

 

 

frank-gasparroFrank Gasparro (Matt)

Frank is a recent Chicago transplant after finishing his degree at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah.  Since moving to Chicago, Frank has studied at Io Chicago, and has appeared in Turn That Thing Around with the Chicago Fringe Festival and The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Song with Lumas Theatre. Other favorite regional and educational roles include Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Millet in Fuddy Meers, Jason in Rabbit Hole and Jonathan in Arsenic and Old Lace.  Frank sends a big thank you to David and the rest of the Eclectic team for this opportunity.

 

 

rafael-hernandez-rouletRafael Hernandez-Roulet (Male Understudy)

Rafael is excited to be working with Eclectic for the first time. Rafael graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Acting and a minor in Stage Combat.  Some favorite roles include Lelie in The Imaginary Invalid, Ganache in The Happy Time, and Rev. Parris in The Crucible. Rafael holds a 1st Dan Blackbelt Hopmudo, and is certified in many forms of stage combat.

 

 


kelly-a-hoganKelly A. Hogan (Tricia)

Kelly is honored to join Eclectic for this production. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2015 with a BA in Theatre.  Some of Kelly’s favorite past credits include Nina in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Rizzo in Grease, Velma in Hairspray, Crissy in Hair, and Kim in Bye, Bye Birdie.

 

 

 

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-6-22-32-pmKatie Hunter (CB’s Sister)

Katie is thrilled to be playing with her Eclectic friends again! Favorite Chicago credits include The Producers (Mercury Theatre Chicago), Badfic Love (Strange Bedfellows), A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters (Theo Ubique) and Moon Over Buffalo (Eclectic Theatre Co). Check out Katie’s web series RideShare on The Internet. Katie graduated from the University of Chicago and is a proud member of the 25th Generation of Off Off Campus. When she’s not acting, Katie is dozens of meatballs zipped into a human suit and couldn’t do it without Ian and her family. www.katie-hunter.com.

 

img_0203Kirk Osgood* (CB)

Kirk is a proud Company Member with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre and an Associate Company Member with Quest Theatre Ensemble. Kirk has worked all over the Chicago Theatre scene with companies like; Lifeline, Emerald City, Provision, The Lyric Opera, Underscore_Theatre, and Piccolo to name a few. Kirk would like to thank everyone at Eclectic for this opportunity as well as his coaches Stef & Matthew, and Jeremy for always laughing with him. As always this is for Mom & Dad.

 

 

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-6-20-54-pmBrandon Rivera (Beethoven)

Brandon is thrilled to be making his Eclectic Theatre debut. Previous Chicago credits include The Memory Tour  (Pivot Arts) and Brilliant Adventures (Steep Theatre Company). He received his BFA in Acting from The University of Illinois – Urbana, Champaign. Brandon is represented by Actors Talent Group. #BlackLivesMatter

 

 

 

 

*Denotes Eclectic Company Member