The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
In the world of professional wrestling, Macedonio Guerra is a “jobber” -- the guy who loses to make the champions look good. When he discovers a brash, hip-hop influenced Indian kid from Brooklyn, he thinks he's found the partner to take him straight to the top. His boss has other plans: pair the two in the ring as terrorists. A politically minded comedy about American politics, unspoken racism, and finding the courage to say what needs to be said.
Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in Drama (2010).
Winner, New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award (2011).
Winner: Village Voice Obie Awards, Best New American Play (2011).
Winner: Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Play (2011).
Nominee: Drama League Award, Distinguished Production of a Play (2011).
Winner: Production – Play (Large), Equity Jeff Awards (2010).
Winner: New Work – Play, Equity Jeff Awards (2010).
“Best Comedy,” Minneapolis Citypages (2010)
Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award (2009).
Winner: National Latino Playwriting Award, Arizona Theater Company (2008).
“The fights are fixed, and the man-crushing body slams are faked. But the energy that radiates from The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Kristoffer Diaz’s crazy-like-a-fox comedy about television wrestling, is the real thing...courses with the vital sap of an able-bodied satire enjoying a rollicking love-hate affair with its subject.” -- New York Times
Production and Development History
Productions: Actors Theatre of Louisville, dir. KJ Sanchez (2012); Caldwell Theatre Company, dir. Clive Cholerton (2012); Geffen Playhouse, dir. Edward Torres (upcoming, 2011); Second Stage, New York premiere, dir. Edward Torres (2010); Mixed Blood, dir. Thomas W. Jones II (2010); InterAct, dir. Seth Rozin (2009); Victory Gardens/Teatro Vista, World Premiere, dir. Edward Torres (2009).
Workshops: Victory Gardens, dir. Edward Torres (2008); Ignition Festival, Victory Gardens, dir. Edward Torres (2008); Finalist, O'Neill Playwrights Conference (2008); Roundtable reading, The Lark Play Development Center, dir. Tlaloc Rivas (2007); Alumni reading, Summer Play Festival, dir. Tlaloc Rivas (2007).