The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz Opens the Perseverance Theatre 2017-2018 Season

amyCurrent Projects, Season 17-18

JUNEAU, AK — When the costumes come off and the music fades in the staged world of pro wrestling, what do the wrestlers really want to say to their bosses? The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a funny and quirky look at pro wrestling, geopolitics, and capitalism. — Chad Deity runs September 15 – October 7 in Juneau and November 9 -19 in Anchorage.

Mace is the ring name of Macedonio Guerra. He has to be better than all the champs in his pro-wrestling league so that he can make them look good. The Mace is brilliant, the best at his job. He’s so good that he’s paid well to lose. Even if he never gets credit for his skill, and his privileged bosses don’t care how good he is, he’s in love with what he does: taking a fall for the biggest champ, Chad Deity. But when he meets VP, his new friend whose charisma may be big enough to upend even Chad Deity, things start to get interesting. Audience members are ringside spectators to real pro-wrestling throw-downs and intimate, smart reflections from Mace as he’s revealed as the one spark of truth and honor in an industry based on mutual illusion and suspension of disbelief.

Chad Deity is directed by Shona Osterhaut who recently directed Chicago and Oklahoma. It features Perseverance Theatre actor-in-residence Enrique Bravo plays the role of Mace. Bravo played Atticus Finch in the recent Perseverance production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Visiting actor Vimel Sephus plays the role of Chad Deity, and Jacob Athyal is in the role of VP. Perseverance Theatre Director of Education Tom Robenolt plays the boss, Everett K Olson, and Juneau’s Richard Jay Carter plays “The Bad Guy.”

Scenic and lighting design by Greg Mitchell, and costuming by Paul Spadone. Rory Stitt is creating the sound design.

  • In Juneau tickets to The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity are available at the Perseverance Theatre box office, the JACC, Hearthside Books, by calling 463-TIXS, and at
  • In Anchorage, tickets to The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity are available at Centertix, and 263-ARTS.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity includes strong language and is recommended for ages 14 and up.

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