The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
by Zach Theatre
Sep. 28 - Oct. 23
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
September 28 - October 23, 2022
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, zachtheatre.org
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
COVID PROTOCOLS AND HEALTH AND SAFETY:
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.
Find a complete list of ZACH’s Health & Safety commitments, please visit zachtheatre.org/healthandsafety.