DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD

wRITTEN BY BERT ROYAL
DIRECTED BY aARON hOLBRITTER
sTARRING tOM tEMPLETON, bEN kATAGIRI, iAN lACHANCE, ISAAC NEWBERRY, RHIANNON ANTICO, CASEY POLOMAINE, DANA GOODKNIGHT, AND HALEY BEAUREGARD
mAY 29TH, 30TH, jUNE 5TH, 6TH, 12TH, & 13TH @ ALBANY BARN

Dog Sees God was an easy choice for our sophomore production.  It's contemporary, tackles some important issues (substance abuse, bullying, sexual identity) in a way that's still entertaining, and it challenges audiences with its frank and often profane look at the lives of teenagers.

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PRAISE FOR DOG SEES GOD

" ...a funny and absorbing piece of theater, expertly performed."

"Each of these fine actors, [...] etches a personality you won’t forget."

-Paul Lamar, The Daily Gazette

 

"The Peanuts characters break into their teens with a hedonistic vengeance in 'Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.'”

"The entire eight-member cast carries a spirit of spontaneity and genuineness."

"...surprisingly heart wrenching."

- Joseph Dalton, Albany Times Union


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.

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DIVIDED

DIVIDED features 3 original short plays penned by local writers that, much like those classic Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 1980s and 90s, allow the audience to vote to determine how the action unfolds.

DIVIDED is made up of the following original plays:

For Pete's Sake
Written by Evan Jones
Directed by Ben Katagiri
Starring Isaac Newberry, Tara Burnham, and Chris Foster

The Devil You Know
Written by Nate Beynon
Directed by Aaron Holbritter
Starring Ian LaChance, Haley Beauregard, and Maeve McEneny

To The Unknown
Written by Steve Polomaine
Directed by Casey Polomaine
Starring Sara Paupini Fitizzi, Annie Bunce, Angela Potrikus, and Jimmy Cupp

Divided is a completely original concept that we pieced together over an afternoon at a coffee shop. Part of Creative License's mission is to present theater in new and interesting ways, so while Divided was exciting to think about, it was also completely uncharted territory for us.  We were lucky enough to work with three writers that were willing to start from scratch and tailor their pieces to very specific parameters. It made everyone involved more invested in the process, and more collaborative, which we've always made a priority.

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PARALLEL LIVES

Written by mo gaffney & kathy najimy
directed by aaron holbritter
starring carissa lopresti & emer geraghty
November 18th & 19th @ albany barn

Aaron, Carissa, and Emer staged this show in 2007 and it was a huge success.  It's smart, poignant, and unbelievably funny, and we were itching to get the gang back together to do it all over again.  The fall of 2016, in the middle of the election season, seemed like a perfect time to do it.

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Praise from our audience members of Parallel Lives

"'Parallel Lives' is tears-running-down-your-face funny!"

"This was absolutely fabulous!"

"Amazing talents! Great direction. Have not laughed that hard since watching "Forbidden Broadway" in The City."

"Hilarious...Just what I needed!"


In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they've decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. With boundless humor, PARALLEL LIVES reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods—or in this case, goddesses.

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TIMELINE

TIMELINE is made up of the following original plays:

ACT ONE: THE GAMES WE PLAY


WRITTEN BY CASEY POLOMAINE
DIRECTED BY EVAN JONES


December 31, 1899 - A young woman seeking escape finds refuge with a handsome stranger and discovers a path to a new life.

ACT TWO: OLD ACQUAINTANCES


WRITTEN BY AARON HOLBRITTER
DIRECTED BY CASEY POLOMAINE


December 31, 1949 - A young couple finds one another and some extraordinary truths in a rapidly changing world.

ACT THREE: CUTTING CORNERS


WRITTEN BY EVAN JONES
DIRECTED BY AARON HOLBRITTER


December 31, 1999 - A brother and sister try everything they can to fix one small mistake with potentially global consequences. 


Timeline was the ultimate exercise in collaboration for us; we created, wrote, directed, and produced a 3-part show spanning 100 years that had to maintain a common through line.  That might sound overwhelming, but after creating Divided, our first originally written production, we were more than ready for the challenge.

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