'The Big Bang'

There's "The Big Bang" — a 90-minute, two-person musical comedy written by Boyd Graham and Jed Feuer — and then there's "The Big Bang" — a 12-hour, 318-person play written by fictional playwrights Boyd and Jed.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre will present the former, which previews Wednesday and Thursday, March 28-29, at OCT, First and Hargadine streets in Ashland. The musical opens Friday, March 30, and performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays and 1 p.m. Sundays through May 27.

Graham and Feuer's production ("The Big Bang") is a hysterical romp about two overzealous playwrights, ironically named Boyd and Jed, who hope to — one day — see their play ("The Big Bang") on Broadway.

"The whole premise is that these two guys have written the most extensive musical in the world that tells the history of the world," says OCT director Kymberli Colbourne.

Boyd and Jed's exaggerated play, which covers the history of the world from conception — the big bang— to present day, features 318 cast members, 6,428 costumes, 1,400 wigs and will cost $83 million to stage. In hopes of raising the necessary funds, the pair decides to host a "backers' audition" at a posh Manhattan apartment, where they are housesitting.

Short 316 cast members, Jed and Boyd decide to present highlights of the play to investors and endeavor to play all the roles themselves. Roles include Adam and Eve, Columbus and Isabella, Pocahontas and Minnehaha and even Eva Braun, to name a few.

The pair scrounge up items from around the penthouse to use as costumes and props and set out to impress investors with their makeshift production.

"They tiptoe lightly and humourously through a lot of well-known characters ... (and) we, as the audience, get to enjoy the deliciousness of their successes as well as their failures," Colbourne says.

Local actors and Southern Oregon University graduates Gregg Land and Chris Carwithen play Jed and Boyd, respectively.

OCT will use the original score, which includes 16 pop and swing numbers. Musical director Erik Daniells will accompany Jed and Boyd on keyboard onstage as Boyd's brother's boyfriend, Albert.

Jim Giancarlo choreographs, and he's giving the play a PG-13 rating.

Preview tickets cost $19. Tickets cost $36 for Fridays and Saturdays, $30 for matinees, $26 for Sunday evenings, $32 for weeknights and $18 for bistro seating.

Tickets are available at the box office and www.oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Gourmet dinners are available at 6:30 p.m. for evening shows, and brunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Ticket prices do not include food or beverages.

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