The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

by  Kristoffer Diaz

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m

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


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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

by  Kristoffer Diaz

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Pulitzer, Obie, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

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

Reviews

"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

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  • The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Production Teaser
  • Kristoffer Diaz Discusses The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
  • Behind the Scenes - The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A Wrestling Ring
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes

Casting

5m
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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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

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; fin ...

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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.

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