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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
April 4–April 30

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

By Kristoffer Diaz

Directed by Jen Wineman

Special Presentation in the Cook Theatre


“A culturally explosive knockout!” 
—D.C. Metro Theatre Arts

Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, weighing in with a unique combo of powerful physicality and wickedly smart comedy, please make some noise for this vibrantly entertaining play about – wait for it – professional wrestling. “Mace” Guerra is a really good professional wrestler, but he isn’t the champ – that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers an Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals Chad’s, he decides to recruit him as the perfect foil. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes and raise ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for more than the title belt. Winner of the 2011 Obie for Best New American Play and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, this no-holds-barred comedy slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and political allegory for an invigorating theatrical experience.

Contains strong language including racial epithets, as well as mature themes and simulated violence. Not recommended for small children.


The Scoop
Presentation at every performance
(excludes Opening Night April 7)
Begins 1 hour before curtain | FREE

Inside Asolo Rep
March 22 | 11am | Cook Theatre | $5
Insights into the artistic process
Join us for coffee and pastries at 10:30am
Free for donors and Guild members.

Tuesday Talkbacks
April 4, 11, 25
Following the performance | FREE

IllumiNation Series
April 18 | Pre- and post-show events
Theatre and conversation examining race, religion, identity, and culture

Meet the Actors
April 23
Following the performance | FREE





For more on The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, listen to our Inside Asolo Rep series.