‘Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead’ addressing tough issues

Joele Denis, a senior from Hollywood Beach, Fla., performs the opening scene of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” at Ellis Place in Bowling Green on opening night, Monday. Denis plays the lead role,CB, in the play.

Austin Lanter

The tolerance of homosexuality is a subject that is sometimes often discussed in today’s society.

Several WKU students and graduates decided to address this issue this week through the production of the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.”

The play was written by Bert V. Royal. It is about the Charlie Brown gang, but now they are in high school and must face issues like bullying and sexual identity, said Assistant Director Ryan Kraklau.

The play opened yesterday night and will be showing this weekend on Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. at Ellis Place.

Ellis Place is located at 700 State St.

Paducah senior Colby Holt, the main director of the play, welcomed the audience to the show.

“Tonight is not about being politically correct,” he said.”It’s about making a point and

making a difference.”

In the play, the character Beethoven, played by Western graduate Jesse Gall, was constantly picked on by his peers at school because they thought he was gay.

Holt said they chose to perform the play because it coincided with the recent gay suicides in the nation.

WKU graduate Joele Denis, who plays the character CB, said although the play was directed toward adult audience, because of the language and adult content, he hopes that the adults will pass the message along to their kids.

“It’s not okay to bully because of sexual orientation,” he said.”It’s prevalent here in Bowling Green as well.”

WKU student Nicholas Gilyard said he liked the play.

“It did a really good job with the message of bullying and the tolerance for different people,” he said.

Although attendance at the first couple of showings was sparse, Holt is hopeful that this weekend will draw in many people.

All proceeds from the play will be donated to the Trevor Project, he said.

The Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicides among LGBTQ youth, according to its website.