COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI Makes LA Debut at The Rosenthal Theater Tonight
Cowboy Versus Samurai, Michael Golamco's hit comedy inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac, will make its Los Angeles debut at The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts with an opening tonight, September 28, 2013.
Presented by Artists at Play, this production will be Golamco's third Los Angeles premiere over the past three years. The prior shows being the West Coast premiere of Year Zero at The Colony Theatre in 2011 and the world premiere of Build at Geffen Playhouse in 2012. Founding members Peter J. Kuo and Julia Cho will direct and perform, respectively. Additional cast members and artists to be announced.
"As Artists at Play continues to present plays new to Los Angeles, we are proud to produce a show by locally based playwright Michael Golamco," said founder Stefanie Lau. "Michael is an growing, prominent voice in American theatre, and is at the forefront of the next generation of great Asian American Playwrights."
"We've all known about the play for years; it's been around even before Artists at Play came to be," said founder Julia Cho. "Productions of it have been done all over since 2006, so we were shocked that it had yet to be produced in Los Angeles. And we thank our lucky stars that we get to be the ones to present it."
In Breakneck, Wyoming -- population 1,000 -- Travis and Chester are the only Asian Americans in town. Chester evokes an Asian American Che Guevara, pointing out the racial injustices in their small town, while Travis couldn't care less. That is, until Veronica Lee, a beautiful and bright Korean American, moves into town. Before Travis can make a move, he learns Veronica has a dating preference for white men -- like Travis's good friend Del whom she's fallen for. But what happens when Veronica learns the letters from Del that stole her heart were actually penned by Travis?
"This play is a wonderfully comedic addition to the Asian American theatre canon, and the American theatre canon as a whole," said founder Marie-Reine Velez. "It articulates the comparison between dating experiences of the regularly exotified Asian American female and the often-emasculated Asian American male. And it humorously and heartily delves into issues like (racial) dating preferences and the insecurities that follow."
"The L.A. theatre community should have an opportunity to see these great plays that are being produced across the nation," said founder Peter J. Kuo. " We recognize we're filling this void with the work we produce that may not be seen in L.A. otherwise."
Cowboy Versus Samurai will be presented at The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts located at 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Previews are on September 26-27 at 8 p.m.. Opening Night is September 28 at 8 p.m. and performances run through October 20. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15-$35 with student and group (10+) discounts available. Tickets may be purchased a http://bit.ly/AAPCvsS. Additional information about the show and Artists at Play can be found at ArtistsatPlayLA.blogspot.com.
Michael Golamco (Playwright) is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and playwright. In 2012, his play Build received its world premiere at Geffen Playhouse. His critically-acclaimed playYear Zero has been produced at The Colony Theatre in Los Angeles, Second Stage Uptown in New York and Victory Gardens in Chicago, where it was the Grand Prize Winner of Chicago Dramatists' Many Voices Project, as well as nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work. His play Cowboy Versus Samurai has had several productions since its premiere in NYC, including in Canada and Hong Kong. Michael is the recipient of the Helen Merrill Award and is a member of New Dramatists. He recently became a staff writer for the NBC television show Grimm.