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THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY
The Wilbury Group
1/24-2/9/2013
Wilbury Group Artistic Director Josh Short stages Kristoffer Diaz's thrilling spectacle of wrestling, hilarity and social commentary as THE Pro Wrestling's "jobber-to-the-stars" Macedonio Guerra (Jo An Peralta) and his newfound allie, the trash-talking Vigneshwar Paduar (Benjamin Gracia) battle for their place in the world against THE owner Everett K. Olson (Vince Petronio), a slew of "Bad Guys" (Stuart Wilson), and the man himself, the unstoppable, the indestructible, the indomitable Chad Deity (Amos K. Hamrick). "We're thrilled to be able to introduce Providence to the incredible talent that is Kristoffer Diaz and we couldn't be prouder to be among the first few companies in the country to produce The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," says Director Josh Short. "An incredible spectacle inspired by Diaz's love of wrestling, hip-hop and theatre, combined with a powerful message, it's exactly the kind of exciting, accessible, and ambitious play that The Wilbury Group loves to tackle." READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity runs January 24 through February 9 at the Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence RI. Tickets: $20-$25; preview performances (January 24-27) just $15-$20. Discounts for groups of 10 or more, students and seniors. Tickets at 401-400-7100 or thewilburygroup.org. ABOUT THE PLAY In wrestling, as in life, behind every winner lies a really excellent loser. This smart, hilarious powerslam of a play from Pulitzer Prize nominee Kristoffer Diaz features Macedonio "The Mace" Guerra, a middle rank Puerto Rican pro-wrestler who's made a career of being that loser. He thinks he's found his ticket to the big time in a charismatic Indian kid from Brooklyn whom he recruits as the perfect foil to wrestling star Chad Deity. But when their wrestling rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes to raise ratings, Mace wonders: is swallowing his integrity too high a price for the rewards of the media spotlight? 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. In addition to a finalist of for the Pultizer Prize, this thrilled new work by playwright Kristoffer Diaz 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. "A thrilling entry into the brave new world of bright lights, racial complexities and hot new plays." – The Chicago Tribune "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-god, all american satire." -The New York Times "You don't have to like wrestling to love The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity... Kristoffer Diaz's visceral satire brings big-time wrestling onstage in eminently theatrical style." -San Francisco Examiner The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity runs January 24 through February 9 at the Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence RI. Tickets: $20-$25; preview performances (January 24-27) just $15-$20. Discounts for groups of 10 or more, students and seniors. Tickets at 401-400-7100 or thewilburygroup.org.
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AMADEUS
2nd Story Theatre
1/18-2/17/2013
Music, madness, murder and Mozart. One of the most brilliantly theatrical scripts of the last fifty years, Peter Shaffer's fantastical masterpiece weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. The film version won an Oscar, but this is a story best experienced live onstage.
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AMADEUS
2nd Story Theatre
1/18-2/17/2013
2nd Story Theatre: - Peter Shaffer; dir: Kym Moore.
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Anne BoleyN
Gamm Theatre
1/17-2/17/2013
- Howard Brenton; dir: Tony Estrella, Rachel Walshe.
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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Trinity Repertory Co
1/17-2/24/2013
Dowling Theater: - adapt: Curt Columbus from Marilyn Campbell, Curt Columbus; dir: Brian Mertes.
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