WHAT IS "PUP! A CHEW STORY?"
Pup! A Chew Story is a musical dark, adult comedy about a three-legged shelter dog and his chew toy’s epic journey to find their forever home in Hollywood. Poking a nose into the hidden corners of friendship, loneliness, and disillusionment, it highlights the plight of the underdog — one willing to do what most will not in order to fulfill a dream. A fresh, bold, adult-themed roller coaster ride that sits and stays in between feel-good, cult classics like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and transcendent dramas like Thelma & Louise, our unlikely, titular hero, Pup, allows us to explore themes of transformation and liberation, as well as escape from the constraints of conformity, class, and disability one foul-mouthed bark at a time.
MEET THE CREATIVES
Marcus Terrell Smith
Book & Lyrics. Marcus Terrell Smith (Book/Lyrics) graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Linguistics. The following year he was accepted into the Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS) at Pace University in New York City, receiving an MFA in Acting. After graduating, he joined the national tour of Broadway’s Book of Mormon. Smith then moved to Los Angeles, where he diversified his talents as an actor on TV/Film and continued his work in theater. He is also a prolific storyteller, currently writing narrative lore for League of Legends (Riot Games) and Magic: The Gathering.
Music & Arrangements. Robin Schäfer (Composer) is a songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who resides in Cologne, Germany. Since 2002 Schäfer has played and composed music in several original bands of various genres. In 2018 he walked away from his career in business administration to become a full-time musician. Currently, he has been focused on his own singer/songwriter project, ROBIN SHEPHERD, and the instrumental Soul-Funk band, MALAKO ZOO. He also works as a session musician and music teacher.
Orchestrations & Arrangements. Chris Sargent (Orchestration & Arrangements) has been an active member of the Chicago music scene for more than fifteen (15) years as an arranger, musical director, and conductor. Credits include “Mamma Mia!” (2nd National, associate Conductor), “Dirty Dancing” (1st National Tour, Associate Conductor), “The Book of Mormon” (2nd National), “Beauty and the Beast” (Drury Lane Theatre - Oakbrook, IL, Musical Director), “Mary Poppins” (Drury Lane Theatre, conductor). In 2016, he MD’ed, sang, and rapped in a revue of 80’s pop music, “Reunion ’85”, at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Colorado. He was most recently Musical Director of Drury Lane’s “An American in Paris” (winner of four 2020 Jeff Awards).