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The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Mainstage Play #2
Jan. 8 – Feb. 12, 2018
By Kristoffer Diaz
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
2016 Latino Playwriting Award

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Fresh from its Pulitzer Prize nomination, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is the comedic look into the world of professional wrestling but told through a thoughtful examination of race relations, geopolitics, and personal introspection. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen, one moment you’re awed by the spectacle, another you’re laughing uncontrollably and finally, you’re rethinking America’s place in the global landscape.

Casting for the production is a combination of returning Caldwell Theatre Company alumni along with extraordinarily talented newcomers. Brandon Morris, most recently seen with Caldwell Theatre Company in The Whipping Man, is cast as Macedonio Guerra (Mace) the story’s narrator. Donte Bonner, makes his Caldwell Theatre Company debut as the titular character Chad Deity, after having played the character in the Philadelphia production. This will mark Gregg Weiner’s third production with Caldwell Theatre Company (Clybourne Park, Six Years) as he will be inhabiting the role of Everett K Olson (EKO), wrestling promoter extraordinaire. Finally, Adam Bashian will make his initial leap onto the Caldwell Theatre Company stage as Vigneshwar Paduar (VP), the Indian-American entrepreneur turned wrestler.

…has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire…,
Ben Brantly, NY Times

…seems tailor-made for people who find contemporary drama dull, staid and more or less irrelevant. Charles McNulty LA Times

“…has the delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire.”
NY Times

“…I was hooked from the word go… big, brash, outrageous, brilliantly written, astonishingly realized, altogether electric.” Chicago Sun Times


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Caldwell Theatre Company is the longest running regional theater in Florida. The 2017-2018 Mainstage Season celebrates our 36th Season. The theater has 333 seats with no obstructions and no seat is over 60 feet from the stage. You’ll feel as if you’re watching a performance from your living room. Accessible seating is available upon request.

When you purchase a group package of 10 or more seats, those attending will receive a custom-crafted t-shirt, made by us, the Caldwell Theatre Company. We specifically create each shirt using on in-house heat press machine. Don’t worry, we read the best heat press machine reviews on HeatPressReview.com before buying our machine. You’re going to get the best. So your members are going to love them!

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Using a Heat Press Machine to Make Great Theater Outfits!

Heat Press Theater Clothing

Making your own theater clothing has never been so easy thanks to modern heat press machines! Anyone can easily create some of the most beautiful heat transfers imaginable, all with the simple pull of a lever! This would have been unthinkable a mere decade ago, but not anymore! Now anyone can hop onto the best heat press machine reviews site and buy a heat press machine that’s perfect for their needs.

We have begun to make our own clothing with heat press machines simply because we were paying too much by outsourcing it. We’ve made a ritual of transferring vinyl every other Thursday. Not only are we saving a ton of money, but we’re also able to make the clothing to our exact specifications. Previously, we would have to go back and forth with our vendors on how to perfect our desired attire. That problem has been alleviated since we purchased our heat press machine.

We didn’t even have to spend that much on our Mophorn 5-in-1 heat press. I think we paid around $250, which is practically nothing compared to how much we have saved. We used to have to spend around $200 per piece of clothing that we needed vinyl transferred onto. This pricing was ridiculous and was bankrupting us.

We had a professional t-shirt maker come in and show us how to properly use our heat press. Once they showed us the proper way to transfer vinyl, we were off and running. Using a heat press machine truly is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Really, anyone can do it. Once you have your heat press machine heated up, simply put the heat transfer vinyl onto the garment, place the garment onto the heated surface of the heat press, and pull the lever down. You then wait 30 – 60 seconds, and open the heat press.

Viola! You now have a custom-made theater outfit thanks to your heat press machine!

History of Theater and Acting

History of Theater and Acting

When was the last time you went to the movie theater? What about the last time you went to a play preformed by local high school students? The origins of theater date back thousands of years, and is arguably the most developed art form today. Today you pay 10 dollars or more for a ticket to see a film at the local cinema, and easily over 50 dollars to see a professional play. But lets take a step back through history and see how theater developed into the billion dollar business it is today.

The first recorded example of theatrical drama dates back to 2500 B.C. in Egypt. The Egyptians re-enacted the story of their gods. The story of Osiris was re-enacted the most and the performance took place annually for 2000 years at his mythical burial site, Abydos. The many rituals preformed by the Egyptian priests and elders eventually developed into a sort of play, and the priests became the actors.

Later in history the Greeks expanded greatly on the performance arts with their competitive view on theater. Their biggest contribution to theater was the addition of music and chorus. Due to the competition rules it was not unusual for plays in early Greece to consist of a chorus that preformed half the lines in a script, and music was normally played during the chorus to help set the mood.

Roman theater improved on other cultures practices and traditions. The Romans biggest development was more so in theatrical entertainment, and the Roman Coliseum was the setting for much of it. The Roman Coliseum could seat over 60,000 people, and was on occasion flooded to allow for ships to battle inside of it. Chariot racing, horse racing, foot races, wrestling, fights between wild animals, and fights between gladiators are the most renown performances in Roman culture.

During the middle ages the Catholic Church used theater as a way to dramatize bible stories in monasteries. The most popular bible story to be re-enacted was Mary visiting Christ’s tomb to discover he had been resurrected. Costumes and ways to create the setting of a play were also developed during this time. Structures called mansions were used to create a setting, build a scene, and illustrate surroundings. Symbolic accessories were added to actors clothing to create a costume that visually separated characters. The directors picked up the responsibility of handling large number of actors(Sometimes over 300), as well as funding a production.

Theater during the late 19th century was slowly developing into something people today would recognize. Each person in a play would act one role, and theater “stars” began touring with companies who put on shows. Royalty systems were developed where a play write would earn money for every play he wrote that was preformed, and it was then that writing plays became profitable. Plays involving modern issues such as slavery and religion began connecting with the audience. Accurate settings, dialects, and costuming were essential to a play and its success. Electricity was used to change lighting, and added mood and atmosphere to a performance. Ultimately the 19th century commercialized the art and ushered in a new era of theater.

After the 1960’s ticket prices fell because the lowered cost of production made developing a play less expensive. The United States brought obscenity and even nudity to theater in 1968, and it was around this time that film began to take hold of the acting business. By the 60’s it cost a little less than $1 to see a full length film, and the movie industry began to flourish.

Today performances like the Blue Man Group tour theaters across the United States. Actors perform modern and classic plays everyday. However in the U.S. “going to watch a show” eventually began to mean going to see a movie rather than watch a Broadway performance. Despite the modern worlds focus, theater pushed on, and is still very much alive today. Be it Broadway shows or high school plays, theater is as much a part of today’s world, as it was thousands of years ago.

What was Elizabethan Theater Clothing Like? An Introduction to England Theatre

What was Elizabethan Theater Clothing Like

If you would ask someone what the Elizabethan clothing should look like, they will most likely describe it as apparel that is made out of vibrant and bold colors, full of laces, small details, and other definitions that can catch the attention of the audience while the actors are performing onstage. Aside from that, the clothing worn by a person defines his status ranking. Hence, it seems reasonable to say that Elizabethan theatre clothing will most likely revolve in luxurious and expensive materials. Here are the following characteristics of an Elizabethan theatre that differentiates from other types of theatrical costumes.

1. Vibrant and bold colors

As what we’ve mentioned above, vibrant and bold colors are usually seen in Elizabethan costumes. Females wear wedding dresses with vibrant colors (but of course, only those colors and styles that are allowed by the law). The more vibrant the color is, the higher the status rank of the characters.

2. Males dressing up as females

You know too well that in Elizabethan’s time, the majority of the actors are males and the number of females who are allowed to perform is limited. As a result, males will be the one to portray female characters by wearing women’s clothes, wigs, and make-up. As what we’ve mentioned above, the color, style, and apparel that they are going to wear will reflect on their social status in the drama.

3. Too tight clothing

Elizabethan theatre costume is also known for being too tight. It’s like the complete opposite of the Hamilton clothing. The costume is filled with pads and cups and layers that the character is not comfortable in every move he makes. You can see the struggle of the character in wearing such extravagant clothes for the sake of representing his social status in the drama.

4. Historical reference

Since we are talking about the period of Shakespeare and Elizabeth, most of the costume is a reflection of their history. Hence, using heat press for making the shirt is not highly recommended for this type of costume. It can easily determine and separate rich people from poor people. Servants are not allowed to wear expensive clothes or own an expensive jewelry. Hence, they have no choice but to wear rags and worn out clothes, usually in the earthy worm, brown, and cream color.

5. Abundance of accessories

As what you can notice, in Elizabethan costume, both males and females are abundant with accessories. They tend to wear cloaks over their long gowns or an expensive and custom-made lace to show off their wealth to everyone. The hairstyle is rather complicated. Curls and braids with matching ribbons and laces.

You can also notice the large gems on the chests of female actresses, loops and earrings, and their wedding dresses are too big it’s not suitable for them to be running around. From the waist where the skirt flows, the dress is designed with beads, laces, glitters, and even a petticoat on the insides to support the ball gown. The rich and wealthy females are looking as if they are always going to attend an important social gathering. Aside from that, detailed fans, hanky, and exaggerated make-up are also worth noting down.

Elizabethan theatre clothing emphasizes the ranking status of an individual based on his costume. Hence, it seems reasonable to say that creating costumes for wealthy characters can be very expensive and time-consuming as opposed to the simple and effortless dresses of characters with poor status in life. If you wanted to incorporate Elizabethan theatre costume in your drama play, you might want to start reading about history of social rankings in that period to have an idea where to start.

What was Ancient Greek Theatre Clothing Like?

What was Ancient Greek Theatre Clothing Like

You cannot deny the fact that Ancient Greek is also famous in creating remarkable theatrical plays. However, compared to Hamilton and Elizabethan theatre costume, the apparel that the characters wear on stage is completely different. If you want to know that the ancient Greek clothing is like, here are the following characteristics that are worth noting down.

1. The use of masks

Ancient Greek is very famous for their use of masks in performing a dramatic play. The masks are usually made out of wood, leather cork, linen, and sometimes, real human hair. The mask should be lightweight as to not cause any inconvenience to the performer playing on stage, but it should be durable to remain intact all throughout the play.

However, these masks are not made to last for an extended period of time. There is only a few to zero masks that have lasted for quite a while. It’s hard to find original masks nowadays that were used during the time of Ancient Greece.

2. Body-painting

There is also less to no apparel that was used in Ancient Greeks because they are fond of body painting. Body painting is used to emphasize the characterization of a particular actor in a play. It also helps the audience to determine what gender, class, age, and even social status the actor is just by looking at his body paint.

These factors will vary in the style of the garment, the colors used, and the materials intended for the costumes as well.

3. Costume pieces

They are also seen with some costume pieces. It includes a Chiton (which means a robe), a Chlaiana (an over-wear for females), Chlamys (a short cloak for both sexes), a Kothurnus (Ankle boots with some laces), and Himation (an over-wear).

4. Males portraying female characters

Just like in Elizabethan theatre, there are times when males portray female characters. Hence, they tend to wear lengthy white sleeves and a posternada and progastrin worn across their big chests to differentiate themselves as females.

5. Athenian and foreign characters

As for the Athenian characters, they are required to wear fancier versions of the common clothing and apparel worn by a normal ancient Greek individual. As for foreigners, they tend to distinguish themselves from other characters by rocking t outlandish look. It also helps the audience to determine that this specific character is foreign to the country and society.

6. Sandals and elevated boots

Ancient Greek is also known for their sandals and elevated boots. It’s their sandals for regular use. And more often than not, it is usually characterized by lace. Gladiator sandals are most commonly seen in males wearing short white apparel. It usually comes in color gold and brown or other neutral colors.

7. Introduction of onkos

Over the time, ancient greeks tend to emphasize the importance and social status of a particular character on stage by letting them wear onkos. Onkos is a pair of shoes that add a head to the character’s height on stage. Therefore, the taller the character appears on stage, the more important he is to the drama.

The concept of Ancient Greek theatre costume is more on standing above the crowd. It’s a manner of wearing a fancier version of regular clothing that can separate himself from the lower class. Hence, using a heat press to make shirts for this kind of theatre costume is not very effective. Ancient Greek is religious. Their clothing does not only define their characters on stage, but it can also make them convince themselves that once they wore the apparel and stepped on the stage, they are completely different persons.

Tips for Dressing for the Theatre: Everything You Need to Know

Tips for Dressing for the Theatre

If you are going to watch a theatrical play for the first time, you should dress appropriately for the event. As part of the audience, you are going to look at the play that actors, production team, designers, directors, and playwrights worked hard for in a couple of months, or maybe a year. Here are the following tips that you can follow in dressing appropriately for a theatrical play that can only happen every once in a while.

1. Dress formally

The most common theme for dressing up for a theatre is to wear formal attire. It’s most suitable for a formal event and the whole team of the theatrical play will give their best seeing their audience dressed in long gowns and tuxedo’s (it depends on the manner of the play.)

• Choose formal attire that flatters your body shape. If you have a few elegant collections in your wardrobe, make sure that it’s going to suit your body shape. Typically, if a person doesn’t exactly know the theme, monochrome choices is the best for attending such events.

• Make sure it covers parts of the body that should be covered. As much as possible, you should make sure that your dress isn’t too tight to expose your thighs or cleavage of other parts of your body that should not be exposed. Just think of it as attending a professional event. The setting is formal, hence mid-length or below the knee skirts is highly advisable for women.

• Choose the right accessories. Always keep it simple when it comes to jewelry. Overuse of accessories can actually make an outfit look bad. Hence, a pair of diamond earrings or a simple necklace should be okay.

2. Dress casually

If the manner of the play permits you to and you are more comfortable with your casual clothes, you should consider wearing casually. It is more comfortable compared to formal clothes and you could never be overdressed with just a simple t-shirt from a t-shirt making machine and the pair of skinny jeans.

• Avoid patterns. If you’re going to dress casual in a theatrical play, you should avoid distracting patterns. Simple and plain shirt will work well. Wearing a plain army green shirt and a black or white skirt will do just fine. Or you can choose a light sundress if the temperature in your country is still host.

• Dress for the season. You should dress appropriately according to the season. Spring and summer is the best time to wear light colored and pastel shirts. You could also complete the look with a simply scarf, laced-up boots, and a vintage dress.

• Wear merchandise. If you notice that the team had provided some shirts on the souvenir booth, you can grab one and wear it on the actual play to show your immense support for the play. Most of the shirts are made out of cotton, not too thin or too thick. It should be enough to make you feel comfortable.

• Know your limitations. Even if you’re wearing casual attire, now is now the time to wear your rugged Doc Martens boots or an old pair of orange chucks. Keep it simple, neat, and acceptable. Be wary of the other audience around that will be watching the play as well.

Attending a theater does not happen every day. Hence, you should know how to dress appropriately, even if it means transferring vinyl and making your own shirts with a heat press machine. The actors and whole production team will surely appreciate their audience putting some effort into their clothes just to watch their drama. Follow our tips, and you will find the best outfit just for you!