The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
by Zach Theatre

Sep. 28 - Oct. 23, 2022

(photo by Suzanne Cordeiro)

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristofer Diaz is a dramatic comedy following the life of wrestler Macedonio Guerra. As a lifelong fan, he has followed wrestling only to become a "jobber," one who is paid to lose to bigger-name stars in the ring. Macedonio meets Vigneshwar Paduar, a young Indian man from Brooklyn and wants to team up with him. The wrestling execs go for it but pitch them as "terrorists" in the ring. Macedonio and Vigneshwar find a way to push the personas to the limits and say what needs to be said. Unspoken racism, politics, and courage are all woven into this play that leaves it all on the mat.

Casting includes HOLLIS EDWARDS III as Chad Deity, NICHOLAS ORTIZ as Macedonio Guerra, HERMAN GAMBHIR as Vigneshwar Paduar, ANDRE MARTIN as Everett K. Olson/Ring Announcer, and DANNY ZIGAL as Joe Jabroni/Bill Heartland/Old Glory.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is directed by JERRY RUIZ. Additional production team includes TAYLOR CHILDRESS as assistant director, KYLIE GUTIERREZ as assistant director, H. RUSS BROWN as fight choreographer, INSEUNG PARK as scenic designer, HARRY NADAL as costume designer, BILL RIOS as lighting designer, SARAH ELLIOTTas lighting design assistant, PHILLIP OWENS as sound designer, ELIAS MERLO as sound design assistant, JOHN ERICKSON as video designer, JACKSON COBB as video programmer, and RUSTY CLOYES as the stage manager.

Age recommendation: 13 and up (for strong language, violence and intersecting themes of racism, xenophobia, nativism, and assimilation).

Run time: Approximately 115 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.


Hollis Edwards III – Chad Deity

Nicholas Ortiz – Macedonio Guerra

Herman Gambhir – Vigneshwar Paduar

Andre Martin – Everett K. Olson/Ring Announcer

Danny Zigal – Joe Jabroni/Bill Heartland/Old Glory


Jerry Ruiz – Director

Taylor Childress – Assistant Director

Kylie Gutierrez – Assistant Director

H. Russ Brown – Fight Choreographer  

Inseung Park – Scenic Designer

Harry Nadal – Costume Designer

Bill Rios – Lighting Designer

Sarah Elliott – Lighting Design Assistant

Phillip Owen – Sound Designer

Elias Merlo – Sound Design Assistant

John Erickson – Video Designer

Jackson Cobb – Video Programmer

Rusty Cloyes – Stage Manager

Aly Redland – Assistant Stage Manager

Jai Auzenne – Covid Safety Manager





The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
by Kristoffer Diaz
Zach Theatre

September 28 - October 23, 2022
Kleberg Stage, Zach Theatre
South Lamar Blvd at Riverside Drive
Austin, TX, 78704

September 28–October 23, 2022
 ZACH360 on The Topfer at ZACH | 202 South Lamar  | Austin, TX | 78704

Tickets: Start at $25, available at ZACH’s box office – 512-476-0541 x1,

Special Events in celebration of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity:

  • Pride Night – Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • Press and Champagne Opening Night – Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • ASL/Open-Caption Performance – Wednesday, October 12, 2022


Though masks are optional at ZACH Theatre at this time, wearing a high-quality mask (KF94, KN95, or better) is encouraged as it can provide individuals with additional protection. 

The health and safety of our ZACH family has always been our first priority, and we will continue to monitor risk levels in Austin and update our policies in accordance with CDC and Austin Public Health guidelines.  

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photo by Suzanne Cordeiro)