VACT's “Cowboy Versus Samaurai” is their new theatre production – now moved to Firehall Arts Centre

VACT's “Cowboy Versus Samaurai” is their new theatre production – now moved to Firehall Arts Centre

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre has been creating exciting Asian-Canadian Theatre with both original works such as the annual Sketch-Off / Asian Comedy Night productions, and also adapted works such as the theatrical serial productions “Sex In Vancouver.”  They are now gearing up for “Cowbody Versus Samaurai” which promises to play on iconic cultural  stereotypes, as well as racial stereotypes.

This looks like another fun and culturally stimulating VACT production.  Cowboy Versus Samaurai is a multicultural re-telling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story, that was retold and reset in Nelson BC, in the Steve Martin movie “Roxanne.”  This time prepare for a Western setting of Wyoming – complete with cowboys and samaurais. I will be writing a review from the opening night performance.  Check out the following press releases, and check out the website
– Todd

BC (June 6, 2007) – Vancouver Asian Canadian
(VACT) now in its eigth 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 L.A. playwright Michael Golamco’s award-winning play, COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI . Named as one of the best plays of
2006 by new playwrights, this savagely funny play has been a hit with all
audiences in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Paul, and now for its
Canadian premiere, Vancouver. Tickets
are on sale now through the VACT.CA website and all performances are held at the
Firehall Arts Centre from

VERSUS SAMURAI is a humourous and often-moving retelling of Edmond Rostand’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC set in a dusty town in Wyoming. Travis
is of Korean-heritage and the high school’s English teacher. He falls
immediately for the new biology teacher, the gorgeous Veronica
who also happens to be the only Asian woman in town. While Cyrano’s nose is the
source of his self-doubt towards romance, Travis’ self-doubt comes from his
being Asian and is further compounded by Veronica’s preference for “white guys”
– in particular, Travis’ friend, Del ,
the handsome but dim-witted phys ed teacher. However, Travis’ admiration for the
white Del is tested by Chester ,
a crazy militant Asian who forces him to consider his Asian roots. Travis’
conflicts with his own identity collide as he tries to choose – between being
the cowboy or the samurai.

COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI is directed by Josette Jorge , as she becomes the first female
director in VACT’s history. “She directed a
staging of David Henry Hwang’s BONDAGE earlier in the year, and I thought it was
far and away the best version of that play that I’d ever seen,”
says Joyce Lam, VACT President and Founder.
“Josette is a young, exciting director and
we think she’s extremely talented. We’re very thrilled to be working with her.”
And in VACT’s continuing role as a
developer of new and emerging talent, COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI will introduce
newcomers to the VACT universe: Marc
(Travis), Lissa Neptuno (Veronica), Ryan Swanson (Del) and Minh Ly
(Chester). Also, Susan Miyagishima returns to VACT as stage
manager and Joyce Lam produces.

For more information
please visit .

MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release

VACT moves COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI play to Firehall Theatre to avoid possible civic strike
*Cowboy Versus Samurai July 20 – August 3, 2007

VANCOUVER, BC (July 4, 2007) – Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) has decided to move its upcoming new production of
COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI to the Firehall Arts Centre to avoid any possible cancellations due to a pending civic strike
by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 391. The play had been originally booked into the city-run Roundhouse Performance Centre beginning July
10. “We've been hearing about a possible July 9th strike-date, and if that happens, we would be shut out of our theatre,” says VACT president and founder, Joyce Lam.
“We're so glad that the Firehall have come to our rescue to allow this production to continue.” With the change of venues, the new performance dates are now set for July 20 through August 3.
now rushing to inform all of our advanced ticket buyers and the general
public of these changes. Please check our website,,”
says Lam. [more…]



to the impending city-wide Vancouver civic workers strike looming,
Cowboy Versus Samurai's location and show dates have changed. Please
make note on your calendars and feel free to contact VACT if you have
any questions.

UPDATED SHOW DATES: July 20 – August 3, 2007
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street

tickets previously purchased for Cowboy Versus Samurai at the
Roundhouse will be fully refunded or exchanged. Our apologies for any

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