The worlds of wrestling and theatre don’t often mix—but Kristoffer Diaz’s Putlizer Finalist play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity brings the heat. Cockroach Theatre built a professional wrestling ring and body slammed the Valley Awards team, earning a Valley Recommendation for their production.
“Drama has rarely been so visceral in its execution,” said Jacob Coakley, executive director of the Valley Theatre Awards. “Chad Deity takes the ridiculousness of professional wrestling seriously, and grapples with it to find out what’s really going on under its melodrama. I’m happy to say its Valley Recommended.”
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz is a serious minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics, and raisin bread. It won the 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play, the 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.