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ASTC at NMSU Theatre Arts presents edgy comedy

American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts will present Bert V. Royal's comic parody, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," Feb. 18 through March 6 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre.

An "unauthorized parody," the play follows the life of the Charles Schultz's Peanuts gang in modern times as a group of misfit teenagers. The main character C.B. and his friends struggle against the trials of the adult world, confronting love, death, sexuality, abuse and the effects of hatred. The play contains adult content and is not intended for youth.

"Although there is great humor in this play, there is also great poignancy," said Managing Director Tom Smith. "It illuminates, sometimes in a very harsh light, the anxieties of growing up."

The production is directed by NMSU alum and visiting assistant professor Ken C. Peterson.

"It is an honor to be back and direct such a great play," Peterson said.

The production also features scenic and lighting design by Jim Billings, costume design by Valerie Cadena, sound design by Peterson and Mike Wise and properties by David Hereford. The cast includes Peter Huckabee, Jessica Miller, William Bell, Marcus Williams, Trevor Nazario, Audra Veazey, Elizabeth Staski and Jessica Thierry.

All evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hershel Zohn Theatre Box office between noon and 4 p.m. or by calling 575-646-4515.

EDITORS/PHOTOGRAPHERS: A photo opportunity for the New Mexico State University Theatre Arts Department production of "Dog Sees God, Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Hershel Zohn Theatre at NMSU.