A politically edgy examination of inter-racial dating and identity through irony, humor, and social commentary, Cowboy Versus Samurai is a laugh-out-loud, romantic comedy exploring the sexual dynamics that surface around race when an attractive Korean American woman moves to town. Travis Park is a high school English teacher and the only Korean American man living in a dusty cowboy town known as Breakneck, Wyoming. When a gorgeous, whip-smart Asian American woman moves into town, he immediately falls for her; the only problem is that she only dates white men. In this savagely funny and often-moving re-telling of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac, one man must choose allegiance between his cowboy friend (a dim, handsome, Caucasian P.E. teacher named Del) and his Asian Brother-with-a-Capital-B (crazed, militant Asian of Unknown Origin, Chester). He must choose between the Asian American and the American within himself – between Cowboy and Samurai – in a pursuit of a love that may only be as real as the love letters he writes for someone else.
"A gentle, genial, frequently wise comedy of character and race...YEE-HAWS ALL AROUND!" - Village Voice, Read More
"A hilarious commentary on racial stereotypes under the umbrella of a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac love story." - Seattle Weekly, Read More
"Golamco’s script is funny, sharply-written, and tackles the topic of race head-on, with both barrels blazing." - Calgary Herald, Read More
"Sharp, thoughtful, witty...Superb." - South China Morning Post, Read More
Cowboy Versus Samurai was first produced by the National Asian American Theater Company (NAATC) in New York City in November, 2005.