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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

A Boston Premiere by Kristoffer Diaz
Directed by Shawn LaCount
Dramaturgy by Ilana M. Brownstein and Jessie Baxter

July 28 – August 25, 2012
Roberts Theatre @ Calderwood Pavilion

Having just won the Obie for Best New American Play, this Pulitzer finalist is as hilarious as it is relevant. 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 whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan for the duo! A serious minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics, and raisin bread.

This dynamite show is like Tarantino tackling the WWF.
- New York Post
Has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire
- New York Times
Flashy, fleshy and ridiculously entertaining
- New York Daily News


IRNE Award Winner - Best Set Design

Elliot Norton Award Winner - Outstanding Design, Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater

Elliot Norton Award Winner - Outstanding Director, Small or Fringe Theater

Elliot Norton Award Winner - Outstanding Production by a Small Theatre

Elliot Norton Award Winner - Outstanding Actor Small or Fringe Theater


Roberts Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street
South End, Boston, MA

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  • Kristoffer Diaz
  • Shawn LaCount
  • Joey Thomas
    Stage Manager
  • Brian Phillips
    Wrestling Coach
  • Daniel Burmester
    Assistant Director
  • Molly Burman
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Hillary Spiritos
    Stage Management Intern
  • Jason Ries
    Set and Props Designer
  • Jen Rock
    Lighting Designer
  • Arshan Gailus
    Sound Designer
  • Kendra Bell
    Costume Designer
  • Olivia Sebesky
    Projection Designer
  • Jessie Baxter
  • Alyssa McKeon
    Production Manager
  • Mark Abby VanDerzee
    Technical Director
  • Alexandra Herryman
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Courtney Nelson
    Assistant Production Manager
  • Caroline Brown
    Production Assistant
  • Eric Norris
    Sound Board Operator

  • Chris Leon

  • Jacob Athyal

  • Mike Webb

  • Peter Brown

  • Ric Engermann*
    *Member of Actor's Equity Association

  • Kristoffer Diaz
    Kristoffer Diaz is a playwright and educator, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His full-length plays, including The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer), Welcome to Arroyo’s, Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt, Fucking Vigwan, and#therevolution have been produced and developed at Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, American Theatre Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory. 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 recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant and the Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists), and a member of the Ars Nova Play Group. He is one of the co-founders of The Unit Collective (Minneapolis). Kristoffer is currently working on a commissions for the Center Theatre Group, The Goodman/Teatro Vista, and Oregon Shakes. As an educator, conference presenter, and dramaturg, Kristoffer has worked with El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, the International Thespian Festival, Florida Thespians, Cleveland Play House, No Passport, Austin Scriptworks/Latino Playwright Initiative, Rising Circle Productions, Future Aesthetics Artist Dialogue, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Playwrights Center. His journalistic profiles of playwrights Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, Janet Allard, and Rajiv Joseph have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail. His one-act play The Trophy Thieves: A High School Love Story is published by Playscripts, and his play Welcome to Arroyo’s will be published in 2009-10 as part of the first critical anthology of hip-hop theater. His self-published poetry chapbook, Fly Girls and Other Poems, is available from via and 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.

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August 8, 2012
Chad Deity is a knockout by Carolyn Clay, The Boston Phoenix

August 8, 2012

August 3, 2012
Wrestling With Art by Peter-Adrian Cohen, The Arts Fuse

August 2, 2012

August 1, 2012
"Chad Deity" is a Body Slam by Nancy Grossman, Broadway World Boston

July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012
"The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" by Barbara Lewis, The Theatre Mirror

July 31, 2012

July 23, 2012
"The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" by Jonathan Clark, Dig Boston

July 9, 2012
Wrestling with Stereotypes by Miles Howard, Stuff Magazine Boston