Interact Offices? 20th and Sansom Streets
WINNER OF THE 2008 NATIONAL
LATINO PLAYWRITING AWARD
Set in the larger-than-life world of professional
wrestling, and fueled by vibrant, hip-hop
language, CHAD DEITY pits long-time reigning
T.H.E. Wrestling champion, Chad Deity, against
Vigneshwar Paduar, a trash-talking, India-born
athlete recruited from the b-ball courts of
Brooklyn. Casting the young upstart as an
anti-hero extremist from “over there” who intends
to catapult himself to fame by overthrowing the
“all-American” Chad Deity, T.H.E. Wrestling’s CEO
plots to play upon wrestling fans’ fear of
terrorism and globalization in order to mass
market an epic battle of Good vs. Evil.
CHAD DEITY contains adult language.
The running time of CHAD DEITY is approximately
2 hours including one 15 minute intermission
In This interview:
Seth Rozin (Director)
co-founded InterAct Theatre Company in 1988, and has since served as Producing Artistic Director. He has directed over 40 productions for InterAct, including Israel Horovitz’s LEBENSRAUM (1999 Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play, Outstanding Overall Production of a Play, and Outstanding Ensemble), IT’S ALL TRUE (2001 Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Overall Production), and PERMANENT COLLECTION (2004 Barrymore nomination for Outstanding Overall Production). He has twice been named “Best Director” by the Philadelphia Inquirer for the world premiere of Thomas Gibbons’ 6221 in 1993 and for LEBENSRAUM. Other notable productions with InterAct include the world premieres of Thomas Gibbons’ BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE, BLACK RUSSIAN and A HOUSE WITH NO WALLS and the Philadelphia premieres of SKIN IN FLAMES, BLUE/ORANGE, NIXON’S NIXON, AUNT DAN AND LEMON, LONELY PLANET, SEASCAPE, and GOD’S COUNTRY. Seth has also directed for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, Blue Heron Theatre and the 45th Street Theatre in New York, as well as regionally with Act II Playhouse, Venture Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival, and the University of Pennsylvania. As a playwright, Seth is the recipient of two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as The Smith Prize for his play BLACK GOLD. MEN OF STONE and MISSING LINK garnered Barrymore Award nominations for Outstanding New Play in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Seth has served on funding and/or award panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Theatre Communications Group, and the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. He has served on the Boards of the Women’s Theatre Festival, Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, New Paradise Laboratories, Fresh Visions Youth Theatre, and the National New Play Network (for which he served as Chair from 2002-2006).
Juan Pacheco (as Macedonia Guerra a.k.a “Mace”)
is a native of the West Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Upon graduating from Arcadia University, with a B.F.A. in Acting, Juan relocated to Los Angeles where he began working in television and film. A proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, he recently appeared in the independent film The Take alongside John Leguizamo, Tyrese, and Rosie Perez. He has also appeared in over a dozen national commercials. His stage credits at Arcadia include the title role of OTHELLO, for which he received an A.C.T.F. National Certificate of Merit Award; Brutus in JULIUS CEASAR; Orlando in AS YOU LIKE IT; and Demetrius in A MID-SUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, all of which were under the direction of David Bassuk. Other favorite productions include ALICE IN WONDERLAND, directed by Janet Pilla; THE CRUCIBLE, directed by Susan Wilder; and THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Ed Gavin. CHAD DEITY marks Juan Pacheco’s professional theatre debut, and what better place than in his hometown of Philadelphia.