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Tackling Racism and Drop-kicking Globalization

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity makes its West Coast debut at the Geffen Playhouse through October 9

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: September 26, 2011


Tackling Racism and Drop-kicking Globalization


Kristoffer Diaz's Pulitzer Prize nominated play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is making its West coast debut at the Geffen Playhouse through October 9.

New York cast members Usman Ally (VP), Terence Archie (Chad Deity) and Desmin Borges (Mace) get back in the ring to reprise their roles at the Geffen Playhouse where they're joined by seasoned pro-wrestler Justin Leeper (The Bad Guy), actor and wrestler Timothy Talbot (Billy Heartland / Old Glory), and character actor Steve Valentine in the role of Everett K. Olson (aka EKO).

Helmed by Edward Torres, this acclaimed new work slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and geopolitical allegory into an invigorating theatrical experience you can't find on pay-per-view. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity tackles racism, drop-kicks globalization and brings this championship tale onto center stage.

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. This West Coast premiere is allowing both playwright and director to delve deeper into this still new work, which has already been lauded with the 2011 New York Times Play Prize, the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play.

Special events during the run of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity include a cultural happy hour with Lounge Fridays (September 30) and complimentary wine tastings each week during Wine Down Sundays.

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