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Epic Proportions

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by Larry Coen and David Crane

Epic Proportions is a play by Larry Coen and David Crane.

Set in the 1930s, it tells the story of brothers Benny and Phil, who go to the Arizona desert to work as extras in the Biblical epic film Exeunt Omnes, directed by the mysteriously reclusive D.W. DeWitt. All 3400 extras are supervised by Louise Goldman, who divides them into groups by asking them to count off by four. While Phil’s experience as a “Three” includes relatively pleasant scenes of feasts and parades, brother Benny is a “Four,” meaning he is included in all ten plagues. As things progress and everything begins to fall apart, Phil finds himself behind the cameras as the film’s director, with Benny in a starring role. The two fall in love with Louise, leading to a brother vs. brother rivalry typical of epic movies.

An off-Broadway production, directed by Paul Lazarus, opened on December 1, 1986 at the Judith Anderson Theatre. The cast included Louise Roberts as Louise, Michael Heinzman as Benny, Mic Murphy as Phil, and Humbert Alan Astredo as DeWitt

Thirteen years later, after 27 previews, the Broadway production, directed by Jerry Zaks, opened on October 1, 1999 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 93 performances. The cast included Kristin Chenoweth as Louise, Alan Tudyk as Benny, Jeremy Davidson as Phil, and Richard B. Shull as DeWitt. Shull died of a heart attack thirteen days after opening night.





Opening & Closing Dates
Type & Version
Sep 7, 1999 – Dec 19, 1999
Play / Original
Helen Hayes Theatre, NY, USA


Opening Night Cast


Kristin Chenoweth Louise Goldman
Jeremy Davidson Phil Bennet
Alan Tudyk Benny Bennet
Tom Beckett Octavium
Ross Lehman Conspirator
Richard B. Shull D.W. DeWitt
Ruth Williamson Conspirator
Richard Ziman Conspirator
Michael Carroll Narrator


Opening Night Production Credits


Produced by Bob Cuillo, Brent Peek, Robert Barandes, Matthew Farrell and Mark Schwartz; Produced in association with Philip & Patricia Barry Productions and Robert Dragotta; Associate Producer: William K. Ehrenfeld
Written by Larry Coen and David Crane
Directed by Jerry Zaks; Associate Director: B.T. McNicholl
Scenic Design by David Gallo; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Paul Gallo; Sound Design by Aural Fixation
General Manager: Brent Peek Productions; Executive Producer: Mark Schwartz; Company Manager: Ellen Rusconi
Technical Director: Peter Fulbright; Production Stage Manager: Rick Steiger; Stage Manager: Lisa Iacucci
Casting: Stuart Howard and Amy Schecter; Press Representative: The Pete Sanders Group and Pete Sanders; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Marketing: Pro-Marketing; Press Associate: Glenna Freedman


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