The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (full-length)

5M (1 non-speaking)

Winner, 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award
Developed at Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista, The Lark Play Development Center, and Summer Play Festival Alumni Reading Series

THOUGHTS FROM ME: my first artistic love just happens to have been professional wrestling.  I remember watching the original Wrestlemania on closed circuit television (and crying about how the US Express was cheated out of their tag team titles).  In college, a friend of mine said “you’re a smart guy. How can you watch that crap?”  And from there, this play was born.  The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity attempts to experiment with form and content, mixing monologue, spectacle, and traditional narrative to explore what I think is a truly unique and often underutilized American art form.

SYNOPSIS: Mace is a professional wrestler.  He’s a really good professional wrestler.  He’s not the champion though — that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity.  When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid (Vigneshwar Paduar) whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company.  Only problem is, the boss (Everett K. Olson) has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists.  A serious minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics, and raisin bread.

WORLD PREMIERE
September 25 – November 1, 2009
Victory Gardens
(co-produced with Teatro Vista)
Chicago
directed by Eddie Torres
starring Desmin Borges, Kamal Angelo Bolden, Usman Ally, Jim Krag, and Christian Litke

October 2009
InterAct Theatre Company
Philadelphia
directed by InterAct Artistic Director Seth Roizin
starring Juan Pacheco, Donte Bonner, Jeb Kreager, Shalin Agarwal, Nick Martorelli, Samantha Kristina Clarke, and Eric “The Smoke” Moran

April 2010
Mixed Blood Theatre
Minneapolis