West Coast Premiere of Chad Deity, Featuring Original Cast Members (and Revisions), Opens Sept. 7

News   West Coast Premiere of Chad Deity, Featuring Original Cast Members (and Revisions), Opens Sept. 7 Director Edward Torres and original cast members Usman Ally, Terence Archie and Desmin Borges are reunited for the Geffen Playhouse production of Kristoffer Diaz's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, opening Sept. 7 following previews from Aug. 30 in Los Angeles.

Usman Ally
Usman Ally Photo by Joan Marcus

They're joined by seasoned pro-wrestler Justin Leeper (The Bad Guy), actor and wrestler Timothy Talbot (Billy Heartland) and character actor Steve Valentine in the role of EKO. This West Coast premiere allows "both playwright and director to delve deeper into this still-new work," according to Geffen.

Chad Deity 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.

Set in the wild world of exhibition wrestling, the play "slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and geopolitical allegory into an invigorating theatrical experience you can't find on pay-per-view," according to Geffen notes. "A smack-down of a play, [it] tackles racism [and] drop-kicks globalization."

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. Both productions were directed by Torres.

Performances continue to Oct. 9.

The production team includes set designer Brian Sidney Bembridge, costume designer Christina Haatainen Jones, lighting designer Jesse Klug, sound designer Mikhail Fiksel, projection designer Peter Nigrini, fight choreographer David Woolley and production stage manager Young Ji.

For more information, visit geffenplayhouse.com.

Desmin Borges and Terence Archie
Desmin Borges and Terence Archie Photo by Joan Marcus
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