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.
Space Dogs is supported by the Gary Platt Initiative for New Musicals, Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg, the Burton A. Zipser and Sandra D. Zipser Foundation, and public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council. Space Dogs was developed in SongLabs with leadership support provided by Jill Furman.
In our efforts to create as safe an environment as possible, we are requiring that everyone who visits and works in the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space be fully vaccinated and masked.
Audience members will need to provide proof of full vaccination along with a government issued photo ID with matching name at the point of building entry on performance date. Fully vaccinated, per the CDC, means having had your second shot or single shot (based on vaccination type) of an FDA or WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine two weeks (14 days) before your performance date.
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CAST & CREATIVE
Writer | Performer
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.
Writer | Performer
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.
Noah Kieserman is an actor, composer, and lyricist. He recently starred in the 1st National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen (Connor Murphy) and can be seen on the upcoming seasons of HBO’s The White House Plumbers and CBS’s FBI: Most Wanted. Originally from Maryland, Noah received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Since graduating, he’s created multiple full-length musicals, penned the jingle for Stages (a podcast hosted by Stephanie J. Block & Marylee Fairbanks), and headlined at Feinstein’s/54 Below. He is currently adapting a folktale. Thrilled to be going to space with Nick and Van! Sending lots of love to family, friends, AMK, Telsey, and HCKR. Instagram:@nbkieserman.
Ellie Heyman is a director of theater and film. Recent credits include:The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America featuring Glenn Close and Brian Tyree Henry (Drama League Award; NYT Best of 2020); (Still) Asking For It (The Public Theater); A$AP Rocky’s Lab Rat, Jason Craig & Dave Malloy’s Beardo (Drama Desk Nomination; Pipeline Theater), Erin Markey’s Boner Killer (Under the Radar), Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm (Under the Radar); THIS (Bessie Nomination for Outstanding Production; NYLA), The Traveling Imaginary with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) rated “Top 5 shows of the year” by NPR; music-fiction podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) featuring Tim Robbins and John Cameron Mitchell, rated #1 on Apple Podcasts and downloaded over 5 million times, and the “cult classic” Dreamboy(Night Vale Presents). She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Boston University, and a Drama League and WP Theater Time Warner Directing Fellow Alumni. ellieheyman.com
DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE
A recipient of the Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award and a graduate of The Juilliard School, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s work includes The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Merry Wives, the world premiere of Jeremy O. Harris’s Daddy, Witness Uganda at American Repertory Theater, Sugar in Our Wounds at Manhattan Theatre Club, Invisible Thread at Second Stage, Redwood at Portland Center Stage Theater, and Evita and Pride & Prejudice at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Moultrie has created and staged works for American Ballet Theatre, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Tulsa Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Sacramento Ballet,The Juilliard School, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and NBA Ballet in Japan. Moultrie provided choreography for Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter World Tour.
scenic designer WILSON CHIN
costume designer HAYDEE ZELIDETH ANTUÑANO
lighting designer MARY ELLEN STEBBINS
sound designer NATHAN LEIGH
projection designer STEFANIA BULBARELLA
puppet and props designer AMANDA VILLALOBOS
choreographer DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE
music coordinator MICHAEL AARONS
keyboard programmer RANDY COHEN, RANDY COHEN KEYBOARDS
abelton programmer NATHAN LEIGH
production stage manager KATHERINE WALLACE
casting by THE TELSEY OFFICE/GEOFF JOSEELSON, CSA
Produced in Association with Tricia Small
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