The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

drawing of a man jumping into a wrestling ring

the cast of Chad Deity

The cast of Chad Deity: Mickey O’Sullivan, Alejandro Tey, Semaj Miller, Will Snyder, Priyank Thakkar


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz

Previews: August 15th- August 17th

Performances: August 18th – September 16th, 2017

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Location: Strawdog Theatre: 1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Directed by: Jeremy Aluma

Reservations at redtheater.org/tickets

Chad Deity is an American satire set in the world of television wrestling. The play drop-kicks and body-slams its way into an intimacy with Macedonio Guerra, a professional “fall guy” as culture and race are distorted and deranged in the name of selling tickets to white bread Americans.

How does one pursue the “American Dream” in a country that refuses to offer opportunity indiscriminately? That is the question at the heart of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a flashy American satire set in the professional entertainment wrestling world. We follow Macedonio Guerra, an excellent Puerto Rican wrestler, as he rises from the bottom of the pecking order. In this interactive physical comedy, Mace talks directly to the audience as fans in his arena, drawing the viewer into the struggle, joy, and heart of the story. The play dissects race, xenophobia, ego, and our moral compass – topics even more relevant now than when it premiered eight years ago.

“…has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire.” – The New York Times

“a vibrantly entertaining, insightful new play about — wait for it — professional wrestling.” – Variety

Winner! 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play

Winner! 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award

Finalist! 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Chad Deity Cast List

MACE Alejandro Tey
EKO Mickey O’Sullivan
VP Priyank Thakkar
CHAD DEITY Semaj Miller
THE BAD GUY Will Snyder
REFEREE Dave Honigman
MACE (understudy) Alberto Mendoza
EKO (understudy) Michael Stock
VP (understudy) Raj Bond
CHAD DEITY (understudy) Michael Morrow
BAD GUY (understudy) Dave Honigman

Production Team

Red Theater Producer Rory Jobst
Red Theater Producer Josh Johnson
Red Theater Producer Aaron Sawyer
Director Jeremy Aluma
Technical Director Liam Fitzgerald
Interim Tech Director Becca Venable
Assistant Director Nathan Speckman
Dramaturge Joseph Galizia
Stage Manager Sammie Rivera
Scenic and Props Designer Michael Lewis
Costume Designer Hailey Rakowiecki
Sound Designer Connor Ciesil
Projections Designer Brian Lawrie
Stage Combat Kyle Encinas
Lighting Designer Charles Blunt
Fight Captian Will Snyder
Casting Director Gage Wallace
Casting Coordinator Rachel Paige
Accessibility Directors Cheryl Farney
Red Theater Managing Director Marisa Lerman
Red Theater Executive Director Josh Johnson
Red Theater Marketing Adriana Saia

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