InterAct is committed to producing socially and politically relevant work for theater. The company's decision to award 20 new play commissions over six seasons is evidence of its commitment to new work, as is InterAct's founding membership in the National New Play Network, an alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. The Center has supported InterAct's strategic planning to build partnerships with local organizations that will enhance its impact, and helped it reimagine the Adrienne Theater—the venue where InterAct, alongside several other performing companies, makes its home. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, given one of its earliest productions at InterAct, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
InterAct Theatre Company produced the regional premiere of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz. In this play, the symbolism and spectacle of the "sports entertainment" industry are used to explore Americans' fears of terrorism, Islamic extremism, and globalization. Through turns of plot, as well as through dynamic language influenced by hip hop culture, the play illuminates the insidious influence of corporate branding and mass marketing. Given InterAct's commitment to explore relevant political issues, Chad Deity fit well with the theater's mission, adding to their season, as they put it, "a more 'rock-n'-roll' feel." To create a wrestling ring, InterAct moved from their home venue to a thrust theater. They also integrated live and recorded video into the production for their first time.
Click here to hear playwright Kristoffer Diaz, lead actor Juan Pacheco, and former professional wrestler Tony "Hitman" Stetson interviewed on WHYY's Radio Times program.