Caption: Anthony Valadez with Kristoffer Diaz
Anthony Valadez with Kristoffer Diaz 

Guest DJ Project: Kristoffer Diaz

From: KCRW
Series: KCRW's Guest DJ Project
Length: 09:13

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Award-winning playwright Kristoffer Diaz shares songs that celebrate his Nuyorican upbringing, sum up his place in the creative community, and keep him pushing harder to achieve more.

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Kristoffer Diaz was recently awarded the Outstanding Playwright Award by the New York Times for his play “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity”, which just finished its run at the Geffen Theater here in LA. He shares a Santana song that celebrates his Nuyorican upbringing, as well as a White Stripes track that perfectly sums up his place in the creative community, and a hip hop song that keeps him pushing harder to achieve more.

Tracks
1. Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
2. Santana - Oye Como Va
3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
4. The White Stripes - Little Room
5. The Roots - Thought@Work

Piece Description

Kristoffer Diaz was recently awarded the Outstanding Playwright Award by the New York Times for his play “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity”, which just finished its run at the Geffen Theater here in LA. He shares a Santana song that celebrates his Nuyorican upbringing, as well as a White Stripes track that perfectly sums up his place in the creative community, and a hip hop song that keeps him pushing harder to achieve more.

Tracks
1. Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
2. Santana - Oye Como Va
3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
4. The White Stripes - Little Room
5. The Roots - Thought@Work

Transcript

Anthony Valadez: Hi I'm Anthony Valadez. And I'm here with Kristoffer Diaz who won the 2011 New York Times outstanding playwright award for his play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety which is now at the Geffen Theater in LA. Today we're going to play excerpts of songs he selected that have inspired him of the years as part of KCRW's Guest DJ Project. Kristoffer, welcome.

Kristoffer Diaz: Thank you, thank you. It's great be here.

AV: What did you bring for us today?

KD: The first one…. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety is about professional wrestling so I was trying to think of a good wrestling-themed song and, without going too deep into the really esoteric songs that are JUST wrestling songs, I thought of just the first big one which was “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, from Rocky III I guess.
The first time we did a production of this play, we were doing a workshop production...
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Additional Credits

Host: Anthony Valadez

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http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/gd/gd110831kristoffer_diaz