The ODD COUPLE is presented by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Asian style!

What would happen if a well-known Neil Simon play “The Odd Couple” was played with an almost all-Asian cast?

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I've always wondered if West Side Story could be set in Vancouver East Side, but instead of Italians and Puerto Ricans… what would happen if the gangs were Italians and Chinese?  East Side Story!

If the story is really good, does the actor's race really make a difference?
Look at Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels?

If the acting is good, does the actor's race really make a difference?
Look at Kirsten Kreuk in Smallville?

If Vancouver's population is largely Asian, doesn't it make sense to have a regular Asian theatre series?  With Asian actors?

Vancouver Asian Theatre is continually challenging the predominently Caucasian-minded Vancouver theatre community and audience.  This month, they take a beloved traditionally caucasian theatre script and cast it entirely with Asians, with Chinese subtitles…. and runs in Richmond and Vancouver.

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre challenged Vancouver audiences by presenting Sex in Vancouver, Vancouver's first serial soap opera theatre, running over a few episodes.  VACT has also pioneered Asian Comedy Night bringing Asian stand-up and sketch comedy to a developing audience.

Now… Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre… is changing the face of Vancouver Theatre… again!
They are going after 3 audience target groups at the same time.  1) their established audience of young 20 to 30 something Asians born in Canada or raised in Canada, 2) All Canadians who love Neil Simon's 1965 comedy The Odd Couple, and 3) Asians who want to see Asian actors in an Asian-Canadian theatre company.

Hmmm…. now what would Shakespeare look like, done with an all-Asian cast, and set in Aberdeen Centre in Richmond? or Oakridge Centre in Vancouver? or Metrotown in Burnaby?

Check out their media release.

For
Immediate Release


MEDIA RELEASE


 


Latest
VACT comedy asks:


Can
two polar-opposite Asian guys live together?


*THE
ODD COUPLE
July •
17–27 &

August
13-21, 2008


 


 


VANCOUVER,
BC (
June
16, 2008
)
– This summer, Vancouver Asian Canadian
Theatre
(VACT) is bringing a fresh and unique twist to the classic Neil
Simon play, THE ODD COUPLE. In this
hilarious version, the cast will be predominantly actors of Asian-heritage – and for the
first time for the theatre company, all performances will include Chinese subtitles. Also, the show will
run in two locations – in both
Richmond
and
Vancouver.
Through July 17 to 27, the play will
be at the Richmond Cultural Centre
and through August 13 to 21, the
production moves to
Vancouver’s
Roundhouse Performance Centre.
Tickets are available in advance online at www.vact.ca and at the
door.


 


VACT,
now in its ninth season continues its run as
Western
Canada
’s
only theatre group devoted solely to staging cultural stories focusing on the
modern Asian experience in
North
America
.
With its new production of Neil Simon’s 1965 smash hit, THE ODD COUPLE, VACT is hoping to bring
several segments of the community together. “We really have an opportunity here to grow
our audience base in a big way,”
says producer and VACT president Joyce Lam. “This production appeals to our core
audience of first generation and “Generation 2.0” young acculturated Asian
Canadians, but we think we’ll also attract recent immigrant Chinese especially
those living in Richmond, plus older Asian Canadians and parents especially
those who are familiar with the works of Neil Simon, and then finally every one
else who aren’t Asian Canadian but are looking for a unique and entertaining
cross-cultural experience.”


 


THE
ODD COUPLE, first performed in 1965, is about two men – one divorced and one
estranged and neither quite sure why their marriages fell apart – move in
together to save money for alimony and suddenly discover they’re having the same
conflicts and fights they had in their marriages. Oscar is a messy, slovenly sportswriter
who takes in Felix, a neurotic neat
freak news writer. They skip the honeymoon phase of their new arrangement and go
straight into the hilarious bickering.


 


THE
ODD COUPLE is directed by actor/director Raugi Yu. Most audiences will recognize
him as the hilarious gangster Kam Fong from the CBC Television series, jPod.
Oscar is played by actor/journalist Ron
Yamauchi
and Jimmy Yi plays
Felix. In the supporting roles as the poker buddies are Sean Cummings (Speed) and past Sex In
Vancouver members Jono Lee
(
Murray),
Tom Chin (Vinnie) and Ed Fong (Roy). And rounding out the
cast as the sexy Pidgeon sisters are Carmine Bernhardt (Gwen) and Lissa Neptuno
(Cecily).


 


Event Details


The
Odd Couple


by
Neil Simon


 


 


Venue #1

Richmond Cultural Centre


7700
Minoru,
Richmond


July
17 through 27


All
evening performances at
8:00
PM
,
matinees at
2:00
PM


Thursdays
to Saturdays

(evenings) + Sundays
(matinees)


 


Venue #2

Roundhouse Performance
Centre


Pacific
Blvd

&
Davie
(Yaletown),
Vancouver


August
13 through 21


All
evening performances at
8:00
PM
,
matinees at
2:00
PM


Tuesdays
to Saturdays

(evenings) + Sundays
(matinees)


 


 


Ticket
prices


$23
in advance (www.VACT.ca)


$25
by reservation (cash only, pickup at the door) (Phone
778-885-1973)


$25
at the door (cash only)


Service
charges are included


Please
call for Group Rates


 


For
more ticket information please visit http://vact.ca.


 

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