SONGLAB: SPACE DOGS
Written and Performed by VAN HUGHES and NICK BLAEMIRE
AN MCC VIRTUAL EXCLUSIVE
SPACE DOGS tells the heartbreaking, mind-blowing true story of Laika and the Chief Designer — a stray dog and the top-secret Russian scientist who sent her to space during the Cold War. Written and performed by actor-musicians Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, it is a sweeping, kaleidoscopic tale of invention, betrayal, international political intrigue, and the immortal friendship that exists between man and dog, as they journey together to the stars. Here’s a taste of this incredibly unique tale from human history! And canine history!
This virtual event is a part of MCC’s SONGLAB series. Leadership support for SongLabs is provided by Jill Furman. Additional funding by the Gary Platt Initiative for New Musicals, Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg, the Burton A. Zipser and Sandra D. Zipser Foundation and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
MCC Theater’s development programs, PlayLabs and the recently added SongLabs, help foster the MCC artistic community by providing writers intensive dramaturgical support, as well as the opportunity to work alongside professional directors and actors to engage public audiences in the development of new work. The series incorporates informal post-show gatherings for conversation between artists and audiences that enliven and stimulate the often solitary and insular writing and development process.
New works developed as part of PlayLabs and SongLabs have gone on to full productions at MCC, as well as at other nonprofit theaters in New York, around the U.S. and across the globe, adding vibrant new works to the contemporary theatrical canon.
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY
VAN HUGHES is an actor, musician, and composer. Broadway: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, American Idiot, 9 to 5, and Hairspray. Off-Broadway: Whisper House (The Civilians), Son of a Gun (Beckett), Saved (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Almost Famous (Old Globe), When We’re Gone (Lyric Theatre), A Little More Alive (KC Rep, Barrington), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Bucks County). Film: Sex And The City: The Movie I & II, Rachel Getting Married. TV: “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Life To Live.” As a composer, Van scored the films Sequence Break and Space Clown and co-authored the musical Burn All Night (ART). B.A. in Theatre from Fordham University.
NICK BLAEMIRE is a writer and performer based in Brooklyn. At 23, Nick wrote the score to the Broadway one-night sensation Glory Days (book by James Gardiner), which was recorded by Ghostlight Records and has had over 50 productions around the world. He has since written the book, music and lyrics for five other original musicals: A Little More Alive (commissioned by Broadway Across America, produced at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kansas City Rep and Barrington Stage); Soon (premiered at Signature Theatre, won the Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation); Fallout (with Kyle Jarrow), Edge of the World (with Ethan Slater) and Space Dogs (with Van Hughes). Nick has released three EPs of pop songs, all available on iTunes and Spotify. As an actor, he most recently completed the National Tour of Falsettos as Mendel, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Jonathan Larson in the Off-Broadway Revival of Tick, Tick…Boom!. He is repped by CAA, Artists & Representatives and Writ Large Management.