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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Kristoffer Diaz

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy


ISBN: 9780573699672

Winner! 2011 Obie Award, Best New American Play
Winner! 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award
Finalist! 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - A Wrestling Ring


Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes


Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage


Pulitzer, Obie, From Off-Broadway

Winner! 2011 Obie Award, Best New American Play
Winner! 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award
Finalist! 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity follows the life of wrestler Macedonio Guerra. As a lifelong fan, he has followed wrestling only to become a "jobber," one who is paid to lose to bigger-name stars in the ring. Macedonio meets Vigneshwar Paduar, a young Indian man from Brooklyn, who he wants to team up with. The wrestling execs go for it, but pitch them as "terrorists" in the ring. Macedonio and Vigneshwar find a way to push the personas to the limits and say what needs to be said. Unspoken racism, politics, and courage are all woven into this play that leaves it all on the mat.


"The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity […] has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire." - The New York Times

"Ladies and Gentlemen, in this corner of Chicago’s rich theater scene, weighing in with a unique combo of vigorous physicality and wickedly intelligent humor, please put your hands together for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a vibrantly entertaining, insightful new play about - wait for it - professional wrestling.” - Variety

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity received its world premiere production by Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL in association with Teatro Vista in September 2009 under the direction of Edward Torres.





All Male, Multicultural casting

MACEDONIO GUERRA (also known as The Mace) – a Puerto Rican professional wrestler; good at what he does, undersized, our hero
EVERETT K. OLSON (also known as EKO) – the Caucasian owner of THE Wrestling; brash, confident, ostensibly our villain
CHAD DEITY (also known as Chad Deity) – the African-American champion of THE Wrestling; confident, handsome, not a very good wrestler
VIGNESHWAR PADUAR (also known as VP) – a young Indian-American Brooklynite; charismatic, natural, effortless
THE BAD GUY – a non-descript professional wrestler (non-speaking; also plays Billy Heartland and Old Glory)
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Kristoffer Diaz

Kristoffer Diaz

Kristoffer Diaz is a playwright and educator living and working in Brooklyn. His full-length titles include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (published by Samuel French), Welcome to Arroyo’s, Guernica, Fucking Vigwan (or Swag), and #therevolution. Awards include 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; winner, 2011 Lucille Lortel Award ... view full profile

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Stephen Kelly 11/4/2015 10:55 AM
Alicia Coombes 4/23/2013 9:37 PM
Thoughtful, hilarious, and heartbreaking at every turn, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a treat to read and watch.  Pro wrestler Mace leads the audience through the tropes of wrestling from the point of view of a lifelong lover.  His descriptions of the magic and menaces of the wrestling world both embrace and transcend his humble roots. In a jumble of vivid description and turns of the tongue, the audience can delight in the language while marveling at the action of several burly men throwing each other around on the set.  

Mace shows us a world where men play flat caricatures based on their looks: Mexican bandito, Middle Eastern "terrorist", all-American hero.  But as the underdog whose job it is to make subpar wrestlers look good (and to allow them to win to boot), he's weary of the game.  He wants just once to come out on top and to break out of the box his sport puts him in.  When he and another fellow wrestler raise the hackles of Chad Deity and their boss, Mace must decide which he loves more: the sportsmanship or the sport.  

While criticizing stereotypes, this play tends toward the "white hat/black hat" of good vs bad characters, and gets a bit preachy at times.  However, the play is a delight both on and off the page.
Tyler Mullen 4/22/2013 12:07 AM
“It takes most people a long time to know what they love in life. But I think you already know.”

Thus speaks our narrator, Macedonio “Mace” Guerra, in the opening sequence of THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY by Kristoffer Diaz.

Mace has an undying love for the art of wrestling, despite his disenchantment with the cartoonish commercial nature of the business and its unabashed use of stereotyping. As a professional wrestler, he serves as an underling to Chad Deity, the insanely charming and marketable (albeit less talented) poster boy for THE largest wrestling company in the world.

Enter Vigneshwar “VP” Paduar, a boisterous yet charismatic Indian-American from the Bronx. Though he has no prior wrestling experience, Mace believes that VP may just have what it takes to be a formidable opponent against the mighty Chad Deity. That is, until the network executive decides to pass both of these underdogs off as foreign terrorists. One thing is for certain: no one is going down without a fight!

Through its effective employment of both narrative and dialogue, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY satirizes the antics displayed in mainstream pay-per-view fare. Its observations about social practices in the United States are both hysterical and disturbing: pointing out our culture’s readiness to demonize others based on first impressions and that silent dissension can be a sacrifice necessary to preserve the things we hold most dear.

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