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Defending the Caveman, Broadway's longest solo play performance, is coming to Sangamon Auditorium, UIS

September 19, 2007

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

SPRINGFIELD -- Defending the Caveman, the longest running solo play in Broadway history, is now a worldwide, rock-solid, tour-de-force and is coming to the Sangamon Auditorium, UIS Studio Theatre, Friday, October 5, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 6, at 5 and 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.

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.

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.

About Tyler Bohne – playing the part of Caveman

Tyler is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his career in the theater began at the age of nine when he played Oliver Twist. Tyler spent nearly 20 years performing in everything from Jesus Christ Superstar to The Crucible. A graduate of Pius High School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Tyler performed for The Milwaukee Public Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Rep, The Civic Theatre, The Boulevard, The American Inside Theatre, and The Discovery World Museum, as well as many popular dinner theaters, including one he co-created and produced at the historic NickerBocker Hotel. Tyler won a national award for his work on a sketch comedy television show, "Joy Farm," while still in Milwaukee.

In 1997, Tyler moved to Chicago with writing partner and fellow actor Patrick Zielinski and began performing improv comedy at many of the well-known institutions, all the while creating his own touring company "HeadCheese Fat Boss Productions" along with Patrick. "HeadCheese Fat Boss" continues to tour the Midwest bringing original children's shows and original improv and sketch comedy shows to thousands of people. Patrick and Tyler's company also created "The Hipmas Carol," a rhyming, scat-style bluesy Chicago version of Dickens' "Christmas Carol" that is now entering its eighth critically acclaimed season and has become a Chicago holiday tradition.

It was while performing at the world's largest tourist attraction, Navy Pier, that Tyler met his beautiful and talented wife, Danna, who has become an important member of "The HeadCheese Fat Boss" team and continues to serve as Tyler's balance and inspiration.

Tyler is a writer, singer, storyteller, director, impressionist, variety and game show host, dialect coach, comedian, improviser, and lover of music who's a hippy at heart. In addition to all of the original works he creates and tours, he has performed at The Apollo Theatre, The Mercury Theatre, National Pastime Theatre, ImprovOlympic, The Second City, The Minnesota Children's Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park, and The Noble Fool, to name a few. Tyler is excited to be a part of such a phenomenal "Caveman" team and looks forward to spreading the show's infectious inspiration and laughter all over the world!


 "An outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap…"  - Chicago Sun Times

"Hysterically Funny!  Couples who were seen arguing before the show, stroll out into the night holding hands." - Variety

"A comic phenomenon!" - The New York Times

With hilarious insights on contemporary feminism, masculine sensitivity, and the erogenous zone, Defending the Caveman addresses the common themes in relationships that go straight to the funny bone.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Defending the Caveman are $36 and are on sale now!  Tickets may be purchased at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, by calling 217. 206. 6160, or online at www.SangamonAuditorium.org.  Group discounts are available by calling 217. 206. 6160.

About Theater Mogul

Theater Mogul is a global theatrical production company with shows in more than 30 countries and in 16 different languages.  Its offices are in New York City and Zug, Switzerland. www.defendingthecaveman.com

About Sangamon Auditorium

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.  Performing arts events are sponsored, in part, by a grant through the Illinois Arts Council.  The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at 217/206-6150 or via e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.

For more information or to request artist interviews: Bryan Leonard, 217/206-8284, leonard.bryan@uis.edu.



The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs: 21 bachelorís, 20 masterís, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.

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