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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
I missed Red Theater's run last year, as I had just had surgery. I'm elated to have another chance to catch this Jeff Award-winning production. I'll be reviewing opening night, but highly suggest booking your tickets ASAP, since they're free and will go fast.
Red Theater Chicago announces that its Jeff Award-winning production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity will receive a limited remount next month as part of the 2018 Theater on the Lake Summer Theater Festival. Written by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by company member Jeremy Aluma, performances will take place August 7-10, 2018 at The South Shore Cultural Center.
What people are saying about The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity:
* 2017 Top 10 Best Off-Loop Productions – Chicago Tribune
* 3.5 STARS “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity shows exquisite staying power.” – Chicago Tribune
* “Aluma’s production is, quite simply, all-inclusive & terrifically breathtaking.” – Chicago Theatre Review
* “Aluma’s direction sizzles and his cast of actor/wrestlers are all outstanding.” – Third Coast Review
* 2017 Best Revival of a Play Nomination – Broadway World
Kyle Encinas won the 2018 Jeff Award for Fight Choreography for his work with The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and Alejandro Tey (Mace) was nominated for Performer in a Principle Role. Don't miss this rare opportunity to check out the show that the Tribune said delivers a power slam!
How does one pursue the "American Dream" in a country that refuses to offer opportunity indiscriminately? That is the question at the heart of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, an American satire set in the professional entertainment wrestling world. We follow Macedonio Guerra, an excellent Puerto Rican wrestler, as he rises from the bottom of the pecking order. In this interactive physical comedy, Mace talks directly to the audience as fans in his arena. The play dissects race, xenophobia, ego, and our moral compass - topics even more relevant now than when it premiered nine years ago.
Alejandro Tey as MACE, Harsh Gagoomal as VP, Breon Arzell as CHAD DEITY, Frank Stasio as EKO, Will Snyder as THE BAD GUY, and Dave Honigman as REFEREE.
Stage Manager: Jamie Crothers
Costume Designer: Hailey Rakowiecki
Lighting Designer: Charles Blunt
Sound Designer: Sarah D. Espinoza
Technical Director & Set Designer: Becca Venable
Projection Designer: Alberto Mendoza and Matt Hooks
Fight Choreographer: Kyle Encinas
Props Designer: Kat Moraros
Assistant Director: Nathan Speckman
Dramaturg: Joseph Galizia
Associate Producer: Rory Jobst
Tuesday, August 7 at 7pm
Wednesday, August 8 at 7pm
Thursday, August 9 at 2pm
Thursday, August 9 at 7pm
Friday, August 10 at 7pm
South Shore Center
Robeson Theater, South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60649
Tickets are FREE. Secure yours now!
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ABOUT RED THEATER: Red Theater is a Jeff Award-winning company that asks dangerous questions, striving to deliver productions that go beyond entertainment, challenging an audience to interpret the themes and ideas presented on a personal level. Since 2008, our commitment to accessibility through every stage of the creative process also lowers the barriers of access, allowing all audiences to see new and reimagined works that broaden perspectives and inspire dialogue.