The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity

Second Stage Theatre have announced that Usman Ally, Terence Archie, Desmin Borges, Christian Litke and Michael T. Weiss (NBC’s “The Pretender”) will star in the New York premiere of The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity, a new play written by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by Edward Torres, opening at Second Stage Theatre on 20 May 2010, following previews from 27 Apr and running though to 20 Jun 2010.


The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity: Macedonio “The Mace” Guerra is a middle rank pro-wrestler who may have discovered his ticket to the big time: a charismatic, trash-talking Indian kid from Brooklyn whom he recruits as the perfect foil to the All-American champion, Chad Deity. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes in the name of ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for much more than the championship title.

The creative team features scenic design by Brian Sidney Bembridge, costumes by Christine Pascual, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Mikhail Fiskel and projection design by Peter Nigrini.

The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity received its world premiere production at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater, in association with Teatro Vista, in the fall of 2009. A winner of Victory Gardens’ new play festival competition, Ignition: Emerging Playwrights of Color, the play was selected from more than 120 scripts submitted from playwrights of color, under 40 years of age, from around the U.S.

The play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award, to support its mainstage debut at Victory Gardens Theater, a recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.


Usman Ally (Vigneshwar Paduar aka “VP”) appeared in the Chicago premiere of The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity. Other Chicago credits include 'Relatively Close' (Victory Gardens Theater), 'Arabian Nights' and 'Around the World in 80 Days' (Lookingglass Theater), 'Celebrity Row' (American Theatre Company), 'Tranquility Woods' (Steppenwolf First Look), 'Public Enemy' and 'American Ethnic' (Remy Bumppo) and 'Weapon of Mass Impact' (Red Orchid Theater).

Terence Archie (Chad Deity aka “Chad Deity”) recently appeared on Broadway in the revival of 'Ragtime.' Other credits include 'Camelot' with the New York Philharmonic, 'Ellen Craft' at the NY Fringe Festival, 'Romeo and Juliet' at Harlem Classical, and 'Frederick Douglas Free' and 'GWC Peanut Price,' both at Urban Stages.

Desmin Borges (Macedonio Guerra aka “The Mace”) is making his New York stage debut, reprising his role from the world premiere production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre. His regional credits include 'Boleros for The Disenchanted' (Goodman Theatre), 'The Crossing' and 'Little Uncertainties' (Goodman Theatre Latino Festival), 'Elliot' (Steppenwolf Garage), 'The Ascension of Carlotta' (16th Street Theatre), 'The Buddy Holly Story' (Mercury Theatre).

Christian Litke (“Billy Heartland”) is a professional actor/stuntman appearing in such films as "The Dark Knight," "Public Enemies," and "Death of a President." He is also the host of the WWE’s Fan Axxess Tour, Biggest Party of the Summer, and Wrestlemania Axxess. Christian was in the world premiere production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre.

Michael T. Weiss (Everett K. Olson aka “E.K.O.”) recently appeared in 'Impressionism' (Broadway), 'Scarcity' (Atlantic Theater), 'Of Equal Measure' (Center Theatre Group), 'Burn This' and 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' (Huntington Theatre Co.), 'Look Back in Anger,' 'The Taming of the Shrew.'

Kristoffer Diaz’s other plays include 'Welcome to Arroyo's' and 'Guernica,' which have been produced and developed at Victory Gardens Theater, American Theatre Company, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Rep. Diaz also was one of the creators of 'Brink!,' the apprentice anthology show at the 2009 Humana Festival of New American Plays. He is a 2009-2010 Jerome Fellow, and a new playwright-in-residence at Teatro Vista.

Edward Torres recently directed the world premiere production of The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity for Victory Gardens Bio-graph Theatre in association with Teatro Vista. Directorial credits include: for Teatro Vista, 'The Show Host,' 'Aurora’s Motive' (Jaime Pachino), 'Ambrosio '(Romulus Linney), 'Icarus' (Edwin Sanchez), 'The Boiler Room' (Rubin Gonzales), 'The Sins of Sor Juana' (Karen Zacarias) for Latino Chicago: 'Do Cocks Have Claws and Wings to Fly' (Amparo Garcia) and' Lolita De Lares' (Migdalia Cruz). Torres has produced over 25 plays as Artistic Director of Teatro Vista over the last 12 years.