Everyman Rep presents two-man musical comedy

Jul 11, 2019
David Troup and John Burstein during rehearsal for “The Big Bang.”

ROCKPORT — The Everyman Repertory Theatre is thrilled to present the two-man musical “The Big Bang,” by Jed Feuer and Boyd Graham. Opening at the Camden Hills Regional High School Black Box Theater on Saturday, July 20, the 75-minute, breakneck-paced, rip-roaring-comedy features Lincolnville’s John Burstein, and Rockland’s David Troup, with Paul Budd on piano.

Presented as a backers' audition for an $83.5 million, 12-hour stage history of the world from creation to the present, “The Big Bang” follows the two aspiring producers as they portray Adam and Eve, Attila the Hun, the building of the pyramids, Julius Caesar, and Columbus and Isabella, among many others. While the two “writers/producers” give potential investors a taste of the impending extravaganza, the opulent Park Avenue apartment "borrowed" for the occasion is trashed in the process as the two snatch its furnishings to create makeshift costumes while singing and dancing their way through history.

“While the Everyman Rep has focused primarily on producing scripts with social and political relevance,” commented Artistic Director Paul Hodgson, “Sometimes what society needs… is a good laugh! Since we are in a musical frame of mind for the year, we will be back on task with our fall production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera,” which will more than make up for our foray into pure fantasy.”

Burstein and Troup last teamed up as Clown number 1 and Clown number 2 in Everyman’s 2010 production of “The 39 Steps.”

Burstein is probably best known for creating the costumed character of Slim Goodbody who appeared on “Captain Kangaroo” in the 70s on PBS. In addition he has created television series aired on Nickelodeon and Discovery. Burstein tours theaters throughout the U.S. and has performed his original one-man symphony show with more than 70 orchestras. Last year Burstein portrayed “Darrow” in a production at the Camden Opera House, raising funds for Meals on Wheels. A year before, he produced and directed his musical, “The Night Kitchen” in Camden and on the Portland stage.

Troup is a graduate of the Acting Program at SUNY Purchase and a lifetime member of the Actor's Studio in NYC. Among many roles, he performed Nick in Arthur Penn’s revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and has performed in or directed many of Everyman's productions, including the role of Arturo Ui in last fall’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.”

The set design is by Belfast’s John Bielenberg with help from Elaine Bielenberg, lights are by Tom Sadowski, costumes by Kate Rich, music direction by Kathryn DerMarderosian and choreography by Lauren Zontini. The production stage manager is Andrea Itkin.

“The Big Bang” is produced thanks to the generous sponsorship of Camden House of Pizza and Camden Real Estate. Everyman Rep would like to thank Bay Chamber Concerts, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Jen and Paul Hodgson for their invaluable support. “The Big Bang” opens at the Camden Hills Regional High School Black Box Theater, 25 Keelson Dr., on Saturday, July 20, with performances on Sunday, July 21, Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, and Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3. All performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased by visiting everymanrep.org, by calling the box office at 236-0173, or by visiting The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland, Zoot Coffee in Camden or Left Bank Books in Belfast.

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