Dog Sees God
by burt v. royal
Dog sees god
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.
Friday, June 17 at 8pm
Saturday, June 18 at 8pm
Friday, June 24 at 8pm
Saturday, June 25 at 8pm; talkback immediately following the show
Sunday, June 26 at 3pm
Meet the Cast
Bradley Hamilton (Beethoven) is a metro-Detroit native who has performed throughout Michigan with companies such as Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Thunder Bay Theatre, Wild Swan Theater, and Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company. Previous roles include Alexander (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — Nominee 2014 Wilde Award, Best Theater for Young Audiences), Captain Smollet (Treasure Island — Nominee 2015 Wilde Award, Best Theater for Young Audiences), Bobby Strong (Urinetown), Aldolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone), Christopher Wren (The Mousetrap), Sebastian (The Tempest). Bradley attended Hope College where he studied theatre with a performing emphasis. For more information, visit bradley-hamilton.com.
Ethan Kankula is feeling “like zoinks” to be apart of this cast and is thrilled to be apart of Outvisibles first pre-season production! Dog sees God is a show that struck him close to home when he first picked up the script late last year at an AKT workshop he attended. He has done other work in the surrounding area such as the Matrix Theatre and Open Book Theatre company. As for this summer, Ethan will be spending his time teaching theatre to students K-12. Most importantly working with everyone here has inspired him to continue to grow and also to “keep going”. Finally, he would also like to give a big thanks to his cast members, friends, family, and best of all, YOU for supporting local theatre.
Kate Martinez is entering her senior year at Wayne State University. She has appeared in Death by Chocolate, Dark Monday and James and the Giant Peach. She’s thrilled to be a part of Outvisible Theatre’s production of Dog Sees God and would like to thank her parents for their constant and unwavering support and for only crying a little when she told them she was going to be an actress.
Allison is thrilled to be in this incredible show with such a talented cast. It’s been a fun process. Previously, she appeared in Who Am I This Time at Open Book Theatre, Next to Normal at Stagecrafters, and will be playing Audrey in As You Like It with Michigan Shakespeare festival this summer. She has also done work with Matrix Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Detroit, and Oakland Community College theatre. She graduated from OCC with an Associate’s in Liberal Arts and is a licensed cosmetologist. When not in the theatre, she enjoys her job as a retail associate at Pitaya in Royal oak. Many thanks to Andrea, Mom, Dad, and her boyfriend Tyler for their constant support and encouragement.
Billy Eric Robinson
Billy is currently earning his BFA in Musical Theatre at Oakland University and conducting a study of directing and scenic design. He will be graduating in the spring of 2017. His past roles include Georg Nowack (She Loves Me), M (Lungs), and John Hinckley Jr. (Assassins). This July 6-9 you can see Billy in his second Outvisible production, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”. You can also see Billy as Percy Blakeney in “The Scarlett Pimpernel” at Oakland University this October 6-16. Check out www.billyericrobinson.wix.com/home for more info on Billy’s upcoming projects.
Billy has loved working on “Dog Sees God” and the role of CB. He admires the script’s no holds barred approach of addressing social injustice and many difficult parts of growing up. He would like to thank Adriane for this opportunity, the cast and crew for the fun and memories, as well as his friends, his family, and his lovely girlfriend for every bit of love and support. He wishes the cast and crew every broken leg to infinity and beyond, and hopes you enjoy “Dog Sees God”.
Charlotte Sarnacki (Tricia) is thrilled to be joining Outvisible Theatre Company for its production of Dog Sees God. Charlotte is a recent graduate of Wayne State University, with a degree from the Liberal Arts and Sciences College with a focus in English. Some of her favorite past performances include Cecily in Michigan State’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Audrey in the American Night Video short film Lunatics, and Zubaida Ula in ART’s The Laramie Project. She currently works under MTM Management and Productions Plus. While not performing, Charlotte enjoys reading and creative writing. She would like to thank the Dog Sees God cast and crew for their hard work and the audience for their support, and she hopes you enjoy the show!
Britney Spindler is thrilled to be a part of this show. In the fall, she will be returning to Oakland University to complete her undergrad degree in musical theatre. Her previous roles include Amalia (“She Loves Me”), Rosalind (“As You Like It”) and Kristine Nielsen (“Sonnets For An Old Century”). She’s so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such excellent collaborators. Thank you mom and dad for your fierce and endless support – I can only do this because of you. Thank you Billy for being you. Love you. Enjoy the show!
Mike Suchyta (Matt) is thrilled to join the cast of Outvisible Theatre Company’s very first show! Mike is a classically-trained dancer from Dearborn, Michigan who grew up in various community theatre settings. His penchant for performing as a child has evolved into a full-time career choice. When he is not in rehearsal, Mike can be found working with his vocal coach, Leslie Mason-Douglass, taking in a show at one of the many theatrical venues scattered across South-East Michigan, or preparing for his next audition. Other credits include: Shrek the Musical (Lord Farquaad) University of Detroit Jesuit High; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius) Players Guild of Dearborn; The Diary of Anne Frank (Peter van Dann) Jewish Ensemble Theatre.
Meet the Production Team
Adriane Galea is thrilled for Outvisible to be launching its first show and to be working with such an amazing group of people. Adriane is the Artistic Director of Outvisible as well as the Executive Director of its parent organization, Center Stage Studios, where she teaches voice, piano, and acting. In the past, Adriane has worked both on and offstage with The AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte, some of her favorites being Children of Eden (Mama Noah), Spring Awakening (Vocal Director), and The Turn of the Screw (Director). Adriane serves on the Board of Directors of the American Guild of Music and An Amazing Woman Foundation, and she is proud to have graduated from the University of Michigan!
Harley Miah (Lighting Designer) is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. He is a freelance lighting programmer for a large number of nightclubs, concerts and festivals across the country, and the chief lighting designer for IKO Global Productions. He is also the lighting designer for the AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte, and the Open Book Theatre Company in Trenton, where he designed the lights for all the shows in Open Book’s first two seasons and earned a Wilde Award for Best Design – Lights for his work on Red in 2015. When not in the theater, Harley spends his time painting, building Lego stages, loitering in museums, and riding his bicycle on the mean streets of downriver. Harley is very proud to be a part of Outvisible’s inaugural season, and thanks you for supporting this exciting new theatre company.
Gerald Hymer is currently attending Wayne State University to pursue his undergrad in vocal music education. This is only his second time stage managing a show, and he has loved every second of it. You can catch him on stage in early July in Outvisible Theatre’s showing of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He would like to thank his family and friends for their endless love and support, And he would like to thank his girlfriend Brie for dealing with his busy schedule and for being there when he needs her. Enjoy the Show!
Assistant Stage Manager
Kiah Manthei will be entering her junior year of college at Michigan State University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in social work. She has been a student of Adriane’s since she was 13 years old. This is her first time working as an assistant stage manager and she is proud of everyone involved with the show. Thank you Adriane for this opportunity and to my family for your support! Xoxo