Dallas Theater Center continues its exciting and conversation-provoking 2012-2013 season with the regional premiere of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. This unique experience will transport audience members into the thrilling and aggressive world of professional wrestling, complete with a wrestling ring, while weaving a story of power and class in America. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity runs at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre Friday, October 19 – Sunday, November 11.
"Kristoffer Diaz is one of the most dynamic and interesting playwrights in American theater today. His work connects to the world we live in and provokes and entertains us at the same time," says DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty. "Kris believes that an engaging and exciting theater-going experience does not have to be a static one. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a smart, fast and funny story about the talented wrestlers who pretend to lose so the charismatic – but less talented – champion can remain a winner. In this highly theatrical play, we're putting a wrestling ring, video screens and confetti cannons in the middle of the Wyly Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience."
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity stars Alex Hernandez, Corey Jones, Aly Mawji, Jamin Olivencia – all making their DTC debut – and Michael (Kieran) Connolly, making his Brierley Resident Acting Company debut. Chad Deity (Jones) is the quintessential guy-on-top in professional wrestling; he just isn't all that talented. Macedonio "The Mace" Guerra (Hernandez) hides Deity's lack of skill by craftily losing to him in every match. After meeting Vigneshwar Paduar (Mawji), Mace decides to stop losing and crafts a plan that challenges the pre-determined world of professional wrestling. The bunch is joined by Everyman and The Bad Guy (Olivencia) and EKO (Connolly, who audiences will remember from Next Fall and Dividing the Estate), the man who controls – and rigs – it all.
"We've assembled an extremely enthusiastic cast to bring these colorful, over-the-top characters to life and we have a spectacular design team to create the perfect playing space," says Chad Deity director and FireStarter Productions founder Jaime Castañeda. "We aren't working with scenery in Chad Deity; we are creating a true sporting event experience complete with a wrestling ring, massive projections screens and a few explosive surprises."
Director Jaime Castañeda, a University of Texas graduate and artistic director of the formerly North Texas-based FireStarter Productions, is making his DTC debut with The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Joining him to bring the stunning and ostentatious feeling of professional wrestling into the Wyly Theatre is scenic designer Tak Kata. Costume designer Clint Ramos and lighting designer Lap Chi Chu are returning to DTC after their work on the 2010-2011 production of Cabaret. Sound designer Misha Fiksel, projection designer Peter Nigrini and fight director Christian Litke complete the creative team.
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity begins previews on Friday, October 19 at 8:00pm with a Pay-What-You-Can performance. Tickets to this performance will be available for purchase online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org. Only unsold tickets to the PWYC performance will be available for purchase at the box office the night of the show. In connection with the Klyde Warren Park opening, any unsold tickets to the 2:00pm matinee performances on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 will be available for free beginning each day at the Wyly Theatre at 1:00pm. DTC's Stay Late program will take place after each performance. Patrons will have the opportunity to engage with artists, learn about the production and share insights about the play in a lively discussion. Tickets for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $15 and are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202.