DOG SEES GOD
Saturday April 14th - Saturday May 5th @ 11PM.
Starting Saturdays in April comes the first in Black Box's After Dark series, Bert V Royal's DOG SEES GOD.
Saturday April 14th - Saturday May 5th @ 11PM. $18 per ticket in advance, $20 at the door.
Directed by Matt Okin
'Dog Sees God' is presented in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc, NY.
When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB (Joseph Ramondino) begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend (Jason Felix) is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister (Allison Falkenstern) has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend (Larissa Hughes) has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends (Michael Gardiner, Angela Peletier, Bishon Prushankin) are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid (Nachi Lederer), 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.
Allison Falkenstern (CB's Sister) is a recent grad of Fairleigh Dickinson University where she received her BA in Theatre. Allison has been working at Black Box since June and is very grateful for all the opportunities to act, direct, teach and everything in-between. Recent credits from Black Box include Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Director and Lucille/Junie B.) Soul Searching (Becky) and Peer Gynt (Kari/Begriffenfeldt). Allison would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support.
Jason Felix (Van) is an aspiring actor in both realms (theatre & film), raised in a Colombian/Dominican household. Jason's BBPAC credits include 'Bradley' in Buried Child, the titular role of 'Skip Gold' in Skip & Rivka's Not-So-Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience, 'Jake' in Evil Dead: The Musical, Assistant Director/Production Designer for Hand To God, Production Designer for Disgraced. Jason is thrilled to be doing this adaption and being around such an awesome group of people.
Michael Gardiner (Matt) is thrilled to return to appear in this production of Dog Sees God. Black Box Credits include Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt/Ensemble), Buried Child (Dodge), Hand to God(Jason/Tyrone), Cloud Nine(Betty/Gerry), Bad Jews (Jonah), Twist of Faith (Sam). He was Petruchio in Hudson Shakespeare Company's The Taming of the Shrew. Michael graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts. Michael is a member of the Black Box Rep Company and serves as a teaching artist. Michael wishes to thank the creative team, his mentors, friends, family, and Larissa for their continued love and support.
Nimon Ibrahimaj (Technical Director/Designer/Board Op) recently graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Technical Theatre. While at UB, Nimon worked on numerous productions such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stage Manager), My Fair Lady (Assistant Master Electrician), and Legally Blonde (Master Carpenter). This is Nimon's fourth show at The Black Box Performing Arts Center, following Peer Gynt, Buried Child and Junie B. Jones.
Nachi Lederer (Beethoven) studies Theatre & Dance at Muhlenberg College. This past year, while not at school, he's spent his time teaching Drama at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, learning the trade of bar tending, writing a children's musical, and performing right here at the PAC. After tonight, Nachi hopes you'll return to see our Bogosian series to catch him as the drug-addict artist (Griller) and a dozen of eccentric phone callers (Talk Radio).
Angela Peletier (Marcy) is elated to be part of her first BBPAC production. Angela is a current Teaching Artist/Education Staff member at George Street Playhouse as well as a local choreographer working most recently with the North Brunswick Township High School Color Guard. She graduated with B.A.'s in Musical Theatre and Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University after originating the role of Chelsea on the schools touring production of Possibilities. Past Credits: Little Shop of Horrors, The Addams Family Musical, Possibilities, Beauty and the Beast (Phoenix Productions, Count Basie Theatre), Oklahoma!, Cabaret, Urinetown: The Musical, A Christmas Carol: The Musical. Choreographer: Shrek Jr., The Lion King Jr., Legally Blonde and Les Miserables. Thank you mom, dad and Doug for your continued support and love.
Bishon Prushankin (Tricia) was last seen on the BBPAC stage as the The Woman in Green/Anitra in Peer Gynt, and Shelly in Buried Child. She also had the pleasure of starring as Brenda in the workshop of Soul Searching, an original rock musical, at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the East Village. Past theater credits include Elizabeth in Killers and Other Family at the Times Square Arts Center, Alma Winemiller in Summer and Smoke with the Brooklyn Heights Players, and in her home town of Philadelphia she played Abigail Williams in The Crucible, Louise in Gypsy, Ilse in Spring Awakening, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, and Emily Webb in Our Town. Bishon studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York City.
Joseph Ramondino (CB) has a B.A. in Acting from SUNY Purchase. His past credits at BBPAC include Peer Gynt (Young Peer/Button-Molder), Buried Child (Vince), and Hand to God (Timothy). He dedicates this performance to his dog Andy, who is thankfully alive and well.
Larissa Terese (Van's Sister) is incredibly happy to be making her professional debut at BBPAC in Dog Sees God. She was recently featured as a guest artist in Psycho Beach Party in early January. Larissa is a NY/NJ based actor with a BA in theatre arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University. University credits include Thea (Spring Awakening), Little Becky Two-Shoes (Urinetown), Meg/featured ensemble (Merrily We Roll Along), Myrhinne (Lysistrata) and First Fairy (A Midsummer Night's Dream). She also originated the role of Veronica in the workshop production of Polaris: A Tale of Navigation at SUNY Purchase. Larissa dedicates this and every performance to her late mom and brother.
Matt Okin, the BBS & BBPAC Artistic Director, founded Black Box Studios in 2007 and opened Black Box Performing Arts Center in November 2015. Recent directing credits include: Peer Gynt, Buried Child, Hand To God, Heathers The Musical: High School Edition (teens), Disgraced, Cloud 9, Skip & Rivkah's Not-So-Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience, The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?, Blood Brothers A Musical, Evil Dead The Musical, Bad Jews, RMTI's new production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, True Groove Productions' Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth, The Pillowman, and Passing Strange (all at BBPAC); the Off-Broadway premiere of Huey Esquire's This Time, A New Musical Romance (at Theater For The New City, as well as BBPAC); and the BBS Ensemble's Falsettos "In Concert", House Of Blue Leaves, and Next To Normal (bergenPAC), among many others. As a playwright, director, and composer, Matt's original musicals include: Beltsville/Rockville, Part One: Rise Of The Goatman (NJ workshops), Out Of Whack: The All-Kids Rock Musical (devised, at Theater For The New City), Soul Searching (45th Street Theater, DR2 Theater, D-Lounge, and the NYMF), Generations (various NYC venues and NYMF), and A Match Made In Manhattan: The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience (NYC and national tours). Other original plays, produced both in New York and on national tours include: Second Chances, Twist Of Faith, Walter Liked To Sit In His Big Backyard, Cherry Hill, The Ugly Wife, and Pigs. Matt received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts. He has two college/grad school-age daughters, Rachel and Arielle.