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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

by Kristoffer Diaz

FEBRUARY 6 – MARCH 8, 2014

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OPENING NIGHT | FEBRUARY 7

PRESS NIGHT | FEBRUARY 8

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. Mace is a great professional wrestler, but he’s no champion — that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan to put the duo onscreen as terrorists.

Strong language. Intended for mature audiences only.

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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

“Firehouse Theatre always brings it, and it’s a venue that you can’t help but like.”
RVANews

“If you’ve never experienced the flashy, shameless, and often addicting theatrics of professional wrestling, then you’re in for a treat thanks to Firehouse Theatre Project’s current production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.”
WCVE NPR

“…truly a can’t-miss production for anyone who appreciates good stories, great characters, and amazing acting.
GayRVA

“Director Kerry McGee’s show is perfectly cast, flawlessly executed and filled with non-stop action, laughter and entertainment.”
ShowBizRadio

“Those expecting traditional theatre may be shocked and surprised, but those who appreciate superior production will be entertained and impressed.”
Sifter

” It will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter, cheering for the underdog and leave you with much to think about.”
Richmond Mom

“Director Kerry McGee deserves credit for her work on this showy smack-down. The action in the ring and in the theater stays true to the outrageous spectacle that is pro wrestling. The fight choreography in and out of the ring is as real as it gets. You’ll question whether you’re really at the theatre or a WWE matchup.”
Richmond Family Magazine

“has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire.”
New York Times

“flashy, fleshy and ridiculously entertaining”
New York Daily News

“leaps out of the proscenium frame at every opportunity, exhorting, drop-kicking and body-slamming its way into an immediacy that is more familiar to sporting events and rap concerts than to a traditional night of theater.”
Los Angeles Times

AWARDS

Winner 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award
Finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play
New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award to Kristoffer Diaz (for Chad Deity) in 2011