HERKIMER — Herkimer County Community College’s Generals Theater Group will present “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, in the college’s Sarkus-Busch theater in the McLaughlin College Center. Performances will be free and open to the public.
The play reimagines characters from the popular comic strip “Peanuts” as teenagers and promotes awareness of several issues such as drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sexual relations and identity.
When C.B.’s dog dies from rabies, C.B. 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 C.B. 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 haunting and hopeful, according to a news release.
The show will be directed by seniors Dan Curtacci and Sarah Stevens, with assistance from Matthew Powers, Generals Theater Group advisor and English Instructor. The show is for charity, and donations will be accepted for Live Out Loud and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In addition, campus groups and counselors will be on-hand to offer support to those that need it.
Powers said the organization, in addition to bringing theatrical productions to the college and local community, provides students with hands-on experience in acting, directing, stage and house management.