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ORIGINAL ACTORS REPRISE ROLES
AND NEW STARS ENTER THE RING FOR
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY
Justin Leeper, Timothy Talbot and Steve Valentine Join
World Premiere Cast Members Usman Ally, Terence Archie and
Desmin Borges in the West Coast Premiere of Kristoffer Diaz’s
Pulitzer Prize Nominated Play
LOS ANGELES, August 8, 2011 — Original cast members Usman Ally (VP), Terence Archie (Chad Deity) and
Desmin Borges (Mace) get back in the ring to reprise their roles in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the
Geffen Playhouse where they’re joined by seasoned pro-wrestler Justin Leeper (The Bad Guy), actor and wrestler
Timothy Talbot (Billy Heartland), and character actor Steve Valentine in the role of EKO. Written by Kristoffer
Diaz, this Pulitzer Prize finalist slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and geopolitical allegory into
an invigorating theatrical experience you can’t find on pay-per-view. A smack-down of a play, The Elaborate
Entrance of Chad Deity tackles racism, drop-kicks globalization and brings this championship tale onto center stage
when it opens in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse on September 7, 2011.
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity had its world premiere in 2009 at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago before
moving to Second Stage in New York. Both productions were directed by Edward Torres, who will also be helming
the Geffen Playhouse production. This West Coast premiere will allow both playwright and director to delve deeper
into this still new work, which has already been lauded with the 2011 New York Times Play Prize, the Obie Award for
Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play.
Special events during the run of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity include the theater’s special Signature Series
options for no additional cost. These evenings include an intellectual, thought-provoking post show Q&A at Talk
Back Tuesdays; a scintillating, one-of-a kind after-party at Girls Night Out; a cultural happy hour with Lounge Fridays
and complimentary wine tastings during Wine Down Sundays. For more information, please view
www.geffenplayhouse.com/meetchad.
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY
Written by Kristoffer Diaz
Directed by Edward Torres
Preview Performances: Tuesday, August 30 – Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Opening Night: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Closing Night: Sunday, October 9, 2011


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