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August 29, 2013

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Los Angeles Theatre Artists Present Regional Premiere of Comedic Play Tackling Issues of Interracial Dating

Artists at Play presents Los Angeles premiere of

Cowboy Versus Samurai

Written by Michael Golamco

Directed by Peter J. Kuo
September 26 - October 20, 2013
The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts
720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tickets: $15-$25, $35 for Opening Night w/ Reception

 

LOS ANGELES, CA — Artists at Play presents the Los Angeles premiere of Cowboy Versus Samurai, a re-imagining of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale featuring Asian Americans in a small town in Wyoming. Opening Saturday, September 28, 2013, the play is written by Michael Golamco, currently a writer for NBC’s Grimm, and directed by Peter J. Kuo, who recently assisted Tony Award-winning Pam MacKinnon at South Coast Repertory (The Parisian Woman) as well as Jonathan Lynn at Geffen Playhouse (Yes, Prime Minister); and is a part of the SDC Foundation Observership program for the 2013/2014 season.

Presented in one of the most diverse cities of the United States, Artists at Play's Los Angeles production of Cowboy Versus Samurai tackles issues of racial bias in dating and the need to conquer one's insecurities in order to follow their heart. It delves into the inner tension of cultures found within the Asian American or any other cultural/racial/ethnic minority in this country. In the case of L.A.-transplant Travis, his inner “cowboy” and “samurai” are loosely personified by the militant “Asian of Unknown Origin” Chester and dim, handsome Del, who isn’t quite the cowboy others make him out to be. Throw Korean American Veronica Lee from New York City into the mix, and what ensues is a story about people trying to find themselves and discover where and with whom they might belong.

"Race and relationships can be hot-button topics on their own," said co-founder Julia Cho, "but the subject of interracial relationships can be quite polarizing and complex. Even in 2013, we are still dealing with the ridiculous and painfully unaware 'Asian Girlz' music video with its extreme exotification of the Asian female. We were drawn to the way Cowboy Versus Samurai examines such issues with subtlety, humor, and yes, even a little anger, but a refreshing honesty throughout."

Presented by Artists at Play (AAP), this production will be Golamco's third premiere in the Los Angeles theatre community over the last three years, the prior shows being Year Zero (2011) at The Colony Theatre and Build (2012) at Geffen Playhouse. The cast includes Feodor Chin (Lady Windermere’s Fan, Chalk Rep), Daniel Vincent Gordh (Mad Men), West Liang (Their Eyes Saw Rain, Company of Angels), and AAP co-founder Julia Cho (The Newsroom) as the female lead. Both Cho and Gordh appeared in the popular and now Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a YouTube adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Understudies for Cowboy Versus Samurai include Michael Barnum, Macleish Day, Elaine Loh, and Julian Yuen.

The creative team consists of Set Designer Art Betanzos, Costume Designer Rachel Stivers, Lighting Designer Christopher Singleton, Sound Designer Felix Lau, Property Master Naomi Kasahara, Safety Coordinator Thomas Morinaka, Stage Manager Jennifer Perez, and Assistant Stage Manager Cat Betco.

About Artists at Play

Artists at Play, founded in 2011 by Cho, Kuo, Stefanie Wong Lau and Marie-Reine Velez, is a new collective of Asian American creative professionals who have come together to curate quality theatre in Los Angeles. In 2013, Nicholas Pilapil joined the Artists at Play team as an Associate Producer. They present theatrical productions missing from Los Angeles' local landscape that tell the stories of the communities underrepresented in theatre. Their inaugural production was the Los Angeles premiere of Lauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman which was a box-office hit and a Backstage Critic's Choice. Their last production, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, received critical acclaim including an Ovation Recommendation and GLAAD Media Award nomination.

Information for Calendar Listing

What:
Cowboy Versus Samurai
(Los Angeles Premiere)
by Michael Golamco
Directed by Peter J. Kuo

When:
Previews: September 26-27, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Opening Night: September 28, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Closing Night: October 20, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Days/Times:
Previews: Thursday & Friday at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances: Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where:
The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts
720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tickets:
$25 General Admission
$35 Opening Night on Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
(includes post-show reception)
Discounts and group rates available.

To purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/AAPCvsS

For more information, please visit ArtistsatPlayLA.blogspot.com or e-mail ArtistsatPlayLA@gmail.com.

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