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Meet the Cavemen
Defending the Caveman opens August 1
Pittsburgh, PA • July 25, 2013 – Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to announce the cast of Defending the Caveman, which will run August 1 through October 20 at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available online at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Call 412-325-1582 for group discounts and special event planning.
Vince Valentine (Caveman August 1 – September 8)
Pittsburgh audiences first fell in love with Vince when he starred as the Caveman at the CLO Cabaret in 2011. A Philadelphia native, Vince made his stage debut when he was 11 years old at his cousin Anthony’s First Holy Communion with his now legendary comedy bit “Uncle Dominic at the Racetrack“. Fast forward to his 30s, and after taking Paul J. Solari’s Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, Vince began performing at comedy clubs along the east coast.
Vince has starred as Christopher and toured throughout the United States in “The Soapranos,” an interactive parody of the HBO TV series. Vince has also starred in “Joey and Maria’s Italian Wedding” and “The Godfathers’ Meshuggener Wedding.”
Vince was selected from 1,500 actors as one of five finalists for NBC10′s “Best Summer Gig Ever Traffic Contest”. He also made a guest appearance on “NBC 10! Live” as a panel guest soon after. He appeared in the independent film that he co-wrote and starred in, “Shut Up And Eat.” Vince was a finalist in Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR’s “Philly’s Last Comic Standing” and appeared in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival as a member of the Sketch Comedy Troupe “Skitzoids.” Vince appeared with the Brick Playhouse in their production of Flip The Script and in New York’s Midtown International Theatre Festival starring in What Fools We Lovers Be.
John Venable (Caveman September 11- October 20)
John makes his Pittsburgh CLO debut and has been acting professionally since 2003 when he appeared in a production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre in suburban Dallas. He has worked at several Dallas/Fort Worth theatres including Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, WaterTower Theatre, Circle Theatre, Theater Three, One Thirty Productions, Uptown Players, Lyric Stage, Plano Rep, Garland Civic Theatre and the aforementioned FMPAT. Some favorite roles include Geoffrey in The Sisters Rosensweig, Andy Gorski in Greetings, Corky inLuann Hampton, Charles in Blithe Spirit, and numerous characters in A Lone Star Christmas Carol. He has been nominated and won several theatre awards in DFW.
John has also appeared in an episode of “Friday Night Lights,” several short films, and has been a shill in several regional/national commercials. In addition to acting, John also writes, produces, and directs short films, web series, and even has a feature film, “Karma Police,” under his belt.
About the Show:
Defending the Caveman is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. This prehistoric look at the battle of the sexes is full of wonderful scenarios that celebrate the differences between men and women, making it a perfect entertainment option for couples, or girls’ night out. The show has also been seen and recommended by thousands of marriage and family therapists and counselors, for its humorous look at the inherent differences between the sexes.
Written by comedian Rob Becker over a three-year period during which he made an informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology, Defending the Caveman played for two and a half years on Broadway, making it the longest running solo play in Broadway’s history. Caveman has won the hearts of millions across the globe. Translated into 18 languages Caveman has performed in more than 46 countries to date!
Thursdays 1:00pm* & 7:30pm * Thursday matinees with optional buffet – 8/15, 9/26, 10/17
Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:30pm
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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 18 Broadway shows (24 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Cinderella, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academy, the CLO Mini Stars, the Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award, the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.