PHOTO CALL: When Tang Met Laika Premieres in Denver

News   PHOTO CALL: When Tang Met Laika Premieres in Denver
Rogelio Martinez's new space program-themed play When Tang Met Laika currently premieres at the Denver Center Theatre Company.

The playwright "looked to his love of the space program for inspiration when he was commissioned by the Denver Center Theatre Company to write a new play," according to the Denver Center. "His resulting love story is set on planet Earth and the International Space Station and involves Laika – a Soviet dog sent into space with no hope of recovery, Tang – the astronaut’s breakfast drink loved by an entire generation of American children and the ghost of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The unique and audacious [work] explores how a Soviet Cosmonaut and an American Astronaut thawed the Cold War." Terrence J. Nolen directs a cast that includes Ian Merrill Peakes as Patrick, Jessica Love as Elena and Megan Byrne as Samantha, with Randy Moore, Richard Thieriot, M. Scott McLean and R. Ward Duffy.

Here is a first look at the show, which plays the aptly-named Space Theatre through Feb. 27:


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