Friday, September 18, 2009

InterAct's CHAD DEITY Invited to Entertain at 2009 National Puerto Rican Convention

InterAct is pleased to announce that its production of THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY has been invited to entertain at the 8th Annual National Puerto Rican Convention being held at Temple University October 9-11, 2009.

CHAD DEITY Playwright Kristoffer Diaz and cast member Juan Pacheco (as Mace)

As the winner of the Arizona Theatre Company's 2008 National Latino Playwrighting Award, CHAD DEITY's playwright Kristoffer Diaz and cast member Juan Pacheco have been asked to present a scene from CHAD DEITY during the entertainment portion of the convention on Friday evening, October 9. Hosted by the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, the puropse of the National Puerto Rican Convention is to continue to develop a national political network that raises awareness of the issues and support the causes of interest to the Puerto Rican, as well as all Latino, communities.

To find out more about the weekend's activities or to find out how to attend, visit the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights' website.

InterAct Staff and Designers Visit the World of Professional Wrestling

In order to "prep" for creating the elaborate world that will be CHAD DEITY, several InterAct staff and production designers attended a Combat Zone Wrestling event on Saturday night. As eye-opening as it was gut-wrenching (quite literally at times!), the night was filled with exciting grudge matches and spetacular wrestling moves:

Now, back to the grindstone to put all that research to good use...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CHAD DEITY Cast Member The Smoke & Seth Rozin Storm Old City

InterAct Producing Artistic Director, Seth Rozin, and THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY cast member and professional wrestler, Eric "The Smoke" Moran, took Old City by storm when they crashed First Friday / opening night of Philly Fringe earlier this month to get the word out about InterAct's upcoming season opener.

To see more mayhem, check out other pictures at
InterAct's FaceBook fan page


check out The Smoke's own photo album on FaceBook.

The Smoke will also be promoting the show during his appearances at America's VideoGame Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, October 9-11, 2009. Find out more on The Smoke's FaceBook page or through the event's official website.

Monday, September 14, 2009

InterAct's LITTLE LAMB Honored With Brown Martin Philadelphia Award

InterAct's production of Michael Whistler's LITTLE LAMB has been awarded the 2008/2009 Brown Martin Philadelphia Award. The official announcement was made last month at the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia's press conference revealing this year's Barrymore Award nominations.

Established in 2007, the award honors those plays that best lead audiences to a better understanding of the unique experiences that make up our diverse global community. The award is named in honor of Virginia Brown Martin, who was well-known as a lover and supporter of Philadelphia's theatre community. InterAct was also a recipient of one of two inagural awards given last year for its production of Larry Loebell's HOUSE, DIVIDED.

The Brown Martin Philadelphia Award carries with it a significant monetary prize to support a continued focus on producing plays that help us better appreciate unique points of view, and heal the divisiveness that springs from intolerance and fear. InterAct's co-recipient for this year's award was Arden Theatre Company's production of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Aaron Posner. In 2007/2008, the second award went to Bristol Riverside Theatre for its production of WELCOME HOME, MARIAN ANDERSON by Vanessa Shaw.

InterAct shares all congratulations with Micheal Whistler and the entire cast and crew of LITTLE LAMB for their invaluable input and support of the production.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

InterAct Commissioned VEILS In Reading at Actor's Studio

This Saturday, September 12, the InterAct Theatre commissioned play, VEILS by Tom Coash, will be presented in a staged reading as part of The North Shore Readers Theatre Collaborative at The Actor's Studio in Newburyport, Massachusetts. VEILS was commissioned by InterAct in 2008 through it's 20/20 New Play Commissions program.

Tom Coash, playwright of VEILS and CRY HAVOC,
which InterAct premiered during its 2002/2003 Season

Written as the third in a trilogy of plays based on playwright Tom Coash's time as an academic living in Egypt, VEILS tells the story of Intisar, an African-American Muslim girl studying at the American University in Cairo, and Samar, her Egyptian roommate, who embark on a project exploring the controversy that arises when the university institutes a ban on women wearing burkas on campus. Along the way they discover that cross cultural friendships in a post-9/11 world require courage and understanding.

Read more about the reading of VEILS here:

and here:

More information about InterAct's 20/20 New Play Commission program available here:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

CHAD DEITY Goes Into Rehearsal at Victory Gardens in Chicago

Playwright Kristoffer Diaz has posted several photos on his blog of rehearsals of Victory Gardens' World Premiere of CHAD DEITY in Chicago. Rehearsals began August 25 and performances begin on Sept. 25. He previously posted a short diary entry about his take on the first day of rehearsals. The cast definitely looks like they are having a ton of fun!

Photo by and courtesy of Kristoffer Diaz.

Check out his other pics here:

Kristoffer Diaz's
Smichovsky Compenstaion Syndrome Blog

And don't miss the additional pics they've posted on Flickr.

Read more about Victory Gardens' production of CHAD DEITY here.

Also read about a production of CHAD DEITY coming up in April 2010 at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis here.

Along with InterAct, both of these companies are members of the National New Play Network (NNPN), an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres nationwide that champion the development, production and continued life of new plays. Find out more about NNPN here.

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