SACRAMENTO — Kristoffer Diaz’ Pulitzer Prize nominated play “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” makes its Sacramento debut at Capital Stage this summer.
Slamming together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters, and geopolitical allegory, the play is a uniquely invigorating theatrical experience. “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” runs from July 10 through Aug. 11 with a press opening on Saturday, July 13.
“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” explores the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Macedonio “Mace” Guerra has been the fall-guy for mega-successful “THE” Wrestling, losing again and again to the impossibly charismatic champ, Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. But when their wrestling rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes to raise ratings, Mace is faced with the question: Is swallowing his integrity too high a price for the rewards of the media spotlight?
“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” had its world premiere in 2009 at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago before moving to Second Stage in New York. In addition to a finalist for the Pultizer Prize, this thrilling new work by playwright Kristoffer Diaz garnered the 2011 New York Times Play Prize, the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play.
Kristoffer Diaz is a playwright and educator living and working in Brooklyn. His full-length titles include “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity”, “Welcome to Arroyo’s,” “Guernica and “#therevolution.” Awards include 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; winner, 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play; winner, 2011 OBIE Award, Best New American Play; and the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship from The Public Theater (2011).
His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theater Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory. He has written short work for the 24 Hour Musicals and the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway.
Kristoffer was one of the creators of Brink!, the apprentice anthology show at the 2009 Humana Festival of New American Plays. He is a playwright-in-residence at Teatro Vista; a resident playwright at New Dramatists; a co-founder of the Unit Collective (Minneapolis); and a recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant, and the Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists). Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program.
Capital Stage Co-Founder and Producing Director, Jonathan Williams directs this Sacramento premiere which features Sacramento actors Andrew Perez (“Enron,” “The North Plan”) as Macedonia Guerro and Robert August-Norton (“Enron,” “It’s a Wonderful Life”) as The Bad Guy, along with Sacramento newcomers Donald Paul as Chad Deity and Rushi Kota as Vigneshwar Padua. Rounding out the cast is San Jose Stage Company’s artistic director Randall King as wrestling promoter Everett K. Olson.
Ian Wallace designs the set and video features, Steve Decker is the production lighting designer, Lalena Hutton is the costume designer and Gregg Coffin composes the original soundscape for the production.
Tickets and info
Performances for “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” will begin with three previews at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, and 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, and Friday July 12. The production will open at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Performances continue for five-weeks. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. General tickets range from $24 to $35. Discount tickets are available as follows: Preview tickets are $18; Student Rush tickets are half-priced; Senior Sunday matinee tickets are $28; and group rates are available for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage box office, by phone at (916) 995-5464 or online at capstage.org.