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What: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – Produced by Arts After Hours
When: March 15 – 24, 2019 with Evening and Matinee Shows
Where: Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater at LynnArts.
Arts After Hours is Lynn’s community theatre and this season they are putting on some great programming, including Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal, opening this weekend at Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater at LynnArts, and running through March 24th.
“Many people know of the Lynn Auditorium for its large scale touring shows, but we pride ourselves in being the smaller, more intimate live theatre that residents from Lynn and surrounding towns can come to enjoy,” says Samantha Gambaccini, Producing Artistic Director of Arts After Hours.
“Arts After Hours is theatre on the edge. We’re bringing provocative, thoughtful, and edgy theatre to the vibrant downtown arts scene.” She adds. “We also want a strong focus on youth and our community, as we believe that the theatre should be a mirror to its surrounding society.”
Each of the Arts After Hours productions will take place at the Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater at LynnArts, a 100 seat theatre guaranteed to provide a more intimate and engaging experience, allowing audiences to be more a part of what they’re seeing.
Arts After Hours production of Dog Sees God, directed by Lynn native Catherine Bertrand, reimagines characters from Charles M. Schulz’s popular comic strip Peanuts as degenerate teenagers exploring complex themes of grief, sexuality, and teen violence.
“The show feels like you’re watching real life people paying homage to Charles Schulz’s classic characters, and we anticipate that our audiences, especially students, will see themselves and familiar situations unfold,” Gambaccini explains.
Upcoming at Arts After Hours
In addition to this great show, the company has a season packed with programming not just including performances but also community initiatives, social fundraisers, and workshops as part of Arts After Hours larger five-year goal to serve the Lynn community and build relationships through the performing arts.
For example, this summer, Arts After Hours will present its first ever week-long summer theatre intensive for students ages 8-18 from all over the North Shore, culminating in an end-of-session community performance.
Along with these events and initiatives, there are several more upcoming productions that theatre-lovers should have on their radar. In June, Arts After Hours will produce their biggest show to date: Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, a musical telling of the individuals who have murdered, or attempted to murder, the presidents.
In the Fall, they will be putting up a production of Carrie: The Musical based on Stephen King’s classic thriller as well as collaborating with Lynn Museum to present a shadow cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show for a one-night fundraising event on Saturday, October 26th.
“This is going to be a night out unlike any other, and we’re looking forward to filling the seats of the auditorium and getting extra weird with both our usual audiences and some new folks as well!” says Gambaccini.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, written by Bert V. Royal and directed by Catherine Bertrand opens this Friday, March 15th at 8:00 pm. It’s going to be a show you don’t want to miss.