Saved by the Bell: Wrestling Drama Chad Deity Begins Off-Broadway

News   Saved by the Bell: Wrestling Drama Chad Deity Begins Off-Broadway
Second Stage Theatre gets into the ring April 27 when the Off-Broadway company's production of Kristoffer Diaz's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity — a Pulitzer Prize finalist set in the world of pro-wrestling — begins performances.

Edward Torres — who staged the play's Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens Theater — again directs for the New York premiere. The run will officially open May 20 and play through June 20 at Second Stage's midtown 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 Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, "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 includes 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 will close out the current season with Paul Weitz's Trust (July 23-Sept. 5). The Second Stage Uptown series will feature Michael Golamco's Year Zero (May 18-June 13) and Leslye Headland's Bachelorette (July 12-Aug. 7).

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

The cast of <i>The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity</i>.
The cast of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Photo by Fadi Kheir
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