What do you think happens when we die?
“Hecate is the goddess of death…”
“Either you are reborn or you dissolve into nothingness…”
“They go to heaven.”
These are only a few of the answers provided by CB’s friends as he mourns the death of his pet beagle. In “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” an unauthorized parody of the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, playwright Bert V. Royal continues Charlie Brown’s (CB’s) story into adolescence where the beloved blockhead – an icon of American youth – encounters modern threats to childhood’s innocence. Loss of Innocence jumps into Royal’s world and explores how teenage students address alcohol, drugs, sexual activity, and prejudice on a daily basis. The project looks into our generations’ views of morality, insignificance, and rejection – hoping to bridge gaps based on religion, gender, and social differences. This poster presentation outlines Royal’s play, the SIUC staged performance, and the director’s vision that inspired the production.