MUSKEGON — The month of August is traditionally considered the dog days of summer.
Make way for the dog play.
At 7 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, the newly formed Skeetown Players will debut with “The Dog Logs,” Australian playwright CJ Johnson’s collection of monologues told from the perspective of dogs.
The production will be performed at Harbor Unitarian Universalist Church, 1296 Montgomery. Admission is free, but donations will benefit Pound Buddies and the church.
“We chose this show because of its mix of hilarious and tragic themes,” said Matt Fowler who, with fellow Grand Valley State University grads Lydia Benkert and Barb Witte, founded The Skeetown Players.
“Dogs are our friends, our protectors, our family. This play gives voices to man’s best friend from the wonders of belly scratches to the horrors of dogfighting. It celebrates canine-kind, and it brings awareness to the diverse array of mistreatment dogs continue to endure.”
In addition Fowler cautioned, “Because of dark and adult themes, this show is not suitable for children.”
Also in the show with Fowler, Benkert and Witte are Allie Brady, Jessica Dyer and Kwame K. James.
“The Dog Logs” tells the stories of 11 different dogs. From a Rottweiler to an aging mongrel who discovers love late, the show tells stories of friendship, romance (including sex), violence and revenge.
The Skeetown Players troupe is named for a local colloquialism; around West Michigan the city is known to many people as Skeetown.
Fowler is directing “The Dog Logs.” He has worked at the Mason Street Warehouse in nearby Saugatuck; and has played such roles as Brad Majors in “The Rocky Horror Show” and Louis Ironson in “Angels in America. His previous directing experience includes playwright Christopher Durang’s “Beyond Therapy” and the Saugatuck Village Player’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”
Heading into Muskegon is the next step.
“Theatre inspires and, as I’m finding, it is an important creative outlet for artists in the Muskegon community,” Fowler said. “I look forward to ‘The Dog Logs,’ and future projects The Skeetown Players tackle.”