Archie and Weiss Join Chicago Stars for Off-Broadway's Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

News   Archie and Weiss Join Chicago Stars for Off-Broadway's Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
Second Stage Theatre has announced the cast for the New York premiere of Kristoffer Diaz's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, starting performances April 27.

Michael T. Weiss
Michael T. Weiss Photo by David Zaugh

Edward Torres — who staged the play's Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens Theater — will again direct for Off-Broadway. The run will officially open May 20 and play through June 20 at Second Stage's Off-Broadway home.

Terence Archie (Ragtime) stars in the title role opposite Michael T. Weiss (Impressionism, "The Pretender"). They join original Chicago cast members Usman Ally, Desmin Borges and Christian Litke.

In the play, "Macedonio 'The Mace' Guerra is a middle rank pro-wrestler who may have discovered his ticket to the big time: a charismatic, trash-talking Indian kid from Brooklyn whom he recruits as the perfect foil to the All-American champion, Chad Deity," according to show notes. "But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes in the name of ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for much more than the championship title."

The Off-Broadway design team will include Brian Sidney Bembridge (scenic), Christine Pascual (costumes), Jesse Klug (lighting), Mikhail Fiskel (sound) and Peter Nigrini (projection).

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity made its world premiere at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater, in association with Teatro Vista, in fall 2009.

Second Stage currently presents John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle in the world premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (through April 4). Closing out the season will be Paul Weitz's Trust (summer 2010).

Tickets to The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street (off Eighth Avenue), are available by calling (212) 246-4422. For more information, visit

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