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July 15, 2013
'Chad Deity' actor injured during preview performance

By Janelle Bitker

As discussed in Sunday's A&E cover piece about Capital Stage's "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," professional wrestling can be a dangerous art.

And as it turns out, wrestler/actor Rob August (playing the minor roles of "The Bad Guy," "Billy Heartland" and "Old Glory" in "Chad Deity") injured himself during a preview performance on July 11.

According to a statement from Cap Stage spokesperson Brian Kameoka: "He is doing well and will have a full recovery with rest, however he is unable to perform the physical demands of the roles at this time."

Kameoka would not specify how exactly August injured himself.

But the show must go on. Professional wrestler James Long, currently of Ohio Valley Wrestling as "Paredyse," has replaced August. Long played the same character last September at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C. and was a wrestling consultant to the Actors' Theatre of Louisville production.

"Capital Stage Company would like to welcome Mr. Long to Sacramento
while wishing Mr. August a speedy recovery," Kameoka stated.

PHOTO: James Long as "Paredyse," courtesy of Pamela Barnett

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