Cowboy Versus Samurai:
Vancouver Asian Theatre is the winner as play beats up on Asian stereotypes
Lots of laughs in the right places greeted the opening night for Cowboy Versus Samurai. It is a witty and funny play that explores Asian stereotypes… and stereotypes of Caucasians who date Asians!
We had a group of 15 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boaters go out to dinner at Wild Ginger restaurant then attend the “Cowboy Versus Samurai” play, produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. The play is performed at Firehall Arts Centre, due to the impending City of Vancouver civic workers strike. Our group really enjoyed the play – which itself is multi-cultural, full of Chinese-Canadians, Caucasian-Canadians, Mixed Race couples and politically and community active individuals – All topics related to the play's content.
Cowboy Versus Samurai places three Asian-Americans in a small town in Wyoming, forced to deal with the racism of being a non-white minority. They explore their identities, through a Love Quadrangle where the two Asians must compete with a White Cowboy for the affections of the only Asian woman in town. Hilarious situations occur, because one of the Asian fellows secretly aids the letter writing campaign of the White cowboy, a la Cyranode Bergerac or the Steve Martin movie “Roxanne.” It's a great situational set-up that allows identities to hide each other like costumes or envelopes. Well… actually they are like love letters or “scratch and win” cards that hint of hope and pleasure while unopened, but can only reveal truth of happiness or disappointment when opened or scratched.
A more comprehensive review to follow…. with pictures!
I have to go to sleep now, because I have to wake up early to go to dragon boat races at Harrison Lake.
Photos from opening night reception party!
VACT president/producer Joyce Lam surrounded by: actor Marc Arborleda
(Travis), director Josette Jorge, unidentified cowboy, actor Mihn Ly
(Chester) and Victor Mariano (“Rick” in Banana Boys) – photo Todd Wong
Kathy Leung videos the “Cowboys Versus Samurai” crowd, and Charlie Cho holds a virtual video camera – photo Todd Wong
Actor Lissa Neptuno (Veronica) joins VACT organizers Dan and Olivia behind the chocolates – photo Todd Wong
Ricepaper attends “Cowboy Versus Samurai: Donna Wong, Don Montgomery,
Crystal Hung's brother, Crystal Hung and Gung Haggis paddler Julie Wong
– photo Todd Wong