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"Defending the Caveman" returns to Sangamon Auditorium, UIS

January 7, 2008

Contact: Bryan Leonard, 217/206-8284, leonard.bryan@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – "Defending the Caveman," the longest-running solo play in Broadway history, returns to the Sangamon Auditorium, UIS Studio Theatre, for one performance only on Saturday, January 19, at 8 p.m.

A hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate, "Defending the Caveman" has won the hearts of millions in more than 15 different languages and is an international hit with productions in 30 countries including the United States, Canada, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, and Germany.

This prehistoric look at the battle of the sexes played for two years on Broadway and is full of hilarious scenarios that celebrate the differences between men and women.

Comedian Rob Becker wrote "Defending the Caveman" over a three-year period during which he made an informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology, and mythology.

Ben Tedder, playing the role of Caveman, is a North Carolina native. After spending some time behind a microphone as a radio DJ in high school, he began acting while attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh, appearing in several university theater productions.

After college, Ben worked with several theater companies in the Raleigh and Chapel Hill area. When not touring with "Defending the Caveman," Ben auditions for film and television and is a member of the Chicago cast of the off-Broadway hit "The Awesome '80s Prom."

Tickets for this event are $36 and are on sale now. To order tickets, visit www.SangamonAuditorium.org or call the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217/206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960.  Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Ticket Office, which is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sangamon Auditorium is located at the University of Illinois at Springfield and hosts more than 120 performances annually.  Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018.  Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas.  The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.

 

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