The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz

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Directed by Karla Hartley

This 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist is a drop-kicking, body-slamming, balls-out theatrical happening set in the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Macedonio “Mace” Guerra plays the fall-guy for mega-successful “THE” Wrestling League, losing again and again to the impossibly charismatic champ Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of Chad’s, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a kick-ass comedy for the Obama-age. In wrestling, as in life, it’s tough to voice your own identity over the roar of the crowd.

Winner! 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play

Winner! 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award

Finalist! 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama


Meet the Artists


KrisDiaz_CropKristoffer Diaz (Playwright) is a New Dramatists resident playwright, speaker, and educator. His play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and has gone on to more than twenty-five productions nationwide. Other full-length titles include Welcome to Arroyo’s, #therevolution, The Upstairs Concierge, and The Unfortunates. His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, ACT, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theater Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory, among many others. Awards include the Guggenheim, Jerome, Van Lier, NYFA, and Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowships; New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; Lucille Lortel, Equity Jeff, and OBIE Awards; and the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant, among others. As a screenwriter, he has developed original television pilots for HBO and FX. Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program. He teaches playwriting at New York University.

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KarlaKarla Hartley  is currently the Producing Artistic  Director for Stageworks Theatre in the Channel District.  She received a BFA in Theater Studies from Boston University in 1992 and is the owner of three Theatre Tampa Bay awards for Best Director.

She was named Best Director 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015 in the Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Awards as well as The Artist Most Likely to Have Been Born On the Planet Krypton.

Directing credits include:  Greetings,  Ladies at the Alamo (Boston) ,  The Seahorse,  Christmas With Elvis, Girl Detective,  Cut the Ribbons (Florida tour),  I Love You,  You’re Perfect, Now Change,  Always, Patsy Cline, The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Jewtopia,  Hats! The Musical (Florida tour), Boston Marriage, The Rocky Horror Show (2008 and 2012), Waistwatchers, the world premiere of Party Animals by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman,  Respect, Little Dog Laughed,  And Baby Makes Seven, Holiday Party of One, Sylvia, Company, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, The Wiz, A Few Good Men, The Sugarbean Sisters, God of Carnage, Moon Over Buffalo, Antigone and the international tour of Listen To My Heart,  In The Heights and Red at American Stage, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Lights Rise On Grace, This Wonderful Life and Broadway Bound.

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Dan Granke (Fight Director) is an Actor, Director, Fight Director and Movement Specialist. His work as a Fight Director has appeared at various theatres in New York City including The Public, Write-Act Rep, and Cena/Cenari. In Central Florida his work has appeared with Florida Studio Theatre (FLY), Tampa Rep (Children’s Hour), TRT2 (Bethany), Hat Trick (Unnecessary FarceDeathtrap), Theatre USF (Tale of Two Cities) and Tampa Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet). Dan also teaches at the University of South Florida, and is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, as well as an instructor of Historical Fencing with Kriegschool Tampa Bay.