By Christian Yosef
Elm Staff Writer
If you’ve ever been in the Gibson Center for the Arts, you’d know that there isn’t a wrestling ring inside. Well, at least not all the time.
On April 20 and 21, students had the chance to watch “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” in Tawes Theatre.
“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” dealt with themes of perseverance and determination, as it tells a story of an under-appreciated professional wrestler named Mace. Mace, an amazing wrestler, is always outshined by the star of the company, Deity. This is until he finds Vigneshwar Paduar, a charismatic kid who he believes can help elevate him to his dream. The two are perfect together and try to take on their wrestling company.
“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” was directed by Megan Iacona as part of her senior directing thesis.
“I was introduced to this play back during the first semester of my junior year,” she said. “I had to pick a show to direct for my Senior Capstone Experience and I had no leads. I set up a meeting with the chair of the theatre/dance department to talk about plays I could direct.”
Iacona said she was a reserved person in the department so the chair of the department, Michele Volansky, admitted to not know what Iacona would like.
“This is when she asked a very simple question but one that has no doubt changed my life, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ and I knew the answer but was too afraid to answer. Professional wrestling is often associated with childish behavior and is looked down upon by those who know nothing of wrestling. I was afraid she would judge me like others had before, but in that moment I realized nothing was going to change unless I stood up for myself and spoke up. ‘I want to work for WWE,’” she said.
Volansky was ecstatic to hear this, and handed Iacona the play, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.”
“I read it and couldn’t put it down,” Iacona said. “I connected with the character Mace so much because it isn’t until he speaks up is when he is delivered the opportunity to bring something amazing to an audience and I feel like I did the same thing with this play.”
Sophomore Kelly Young was the set designer for “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.”
“I love the camaraderie and being able to make something with a lot of different people and see really cool results that make others happy,” she said.
Senior Richie Torres played Mace in the play.
“My siblings and I went to a performing arts middle school,” he said. “My twin sister did dance, my little brother did choir, and I did theater, where I did plays and some musicals. The high school I went to really didn’t support the arts and I decided to focus more on the sciences. I did one play in high school which was fun and I did enjoy it.”
Torres said that in his years at Washington College, he had thought about doing theater, but was too busy.
“After I saw my best friend in ‘Almost Maine,’ I figured to get back into acting since I used to love it so much and if I didn’t do it, I would probably end up regretting it,” he said.
He went out to drama draft and saw that “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” seemed unique in a theater aspect.
“After getting the lead for [‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity’] and analyzing the plot and my character, I knew that I made the right choice to attend drama draft,” he said.