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Soul Samurai

Qui Nguyen
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After avenging the death of her lover, a young samurai girl named Dewdrop, along with her faithful sidekick Cert, must now battle through vampire-infested Brooklyn to make it back home.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male, Multiethnic Cast)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“In a dark (darkly awesome!) future, New York’s boroughs have grown too dangerous to police. Shoguns reign, vampires infest Brooklyn, and most terrifying of all, it’s still stylistically the ’70s. After losing her lover to some undead hoodlums, Dewdrop gets herself a training montage and a sidekick, and sets off for revenge. Explosively funny nonsense ensues. SOUL SAMURAI kicks the Vampire Cowboys recipe up a notch; the script has the complexity of a graphic novel, though it hasn’t sacrificed its zinelike homemade sweetness. Yes, outside it’s still the chill dead of winter, but go and guffaw your way through Samurai. It can bring you back to life. A Time Out New York Critic’s Pick!” —Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

“Not many theater groups can count both Comic Con as a sponsor and the Ma-Yi Theater Company as an artistic partner, but then there aren’t a lot like Qui Nguyen’s Vampire Cowboys, where pop culture and theater artistry combine seamlessly and satisfyingly. It’s smart and funny stuff that’s deftly supported in this sure-handed production, where Asian theater traditions are ably blended with Nguyen’s exhilarating fight choreography. Side-splittingly funny and slyly intelligent!” —Andy Propst, Village Voice

“Even if, unlike me, you don’t have a fondness for petite women brandishing large weapons, SOUL SAMURAI offers plenty of charm and entertainment. Soul Samurai, a glorious melting pot of influences and inspirations, is theatre at its best. A Critic’s Pick!” —Mark Peikert, Backstage

About the Author


  • Qui Nguyen

    Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and Co-Founder of the Obie Award–winning Vampire Cowboys of NYC. His work, known for its innovative use of pop-culture, stage violence, puppetry, and multimedia, has been lauded as "Culturally Savvy Comedy" by The New York Times, "Infectious Fun" by Variety, and "Tour De Force Theatre" by Time Out New York. The Chicago Tribune praised him as a "refreshing, break-the-rules writer" as Time Out Chicago named his play SHE KILLS MONSTERS one of the 10 Best Plays of 2013. Scripts include WAR IS F**KING AWESOME; SHE KILLS MONSTERS (The Flea); KRUNK FU BATTLE BATTLE (East West Players); BIKE WRECK (Ensemble Studio Theatre); TRIAL BY WATER (Ma-Yi Theater); ALIENS VERSUS CHEERLEADERS (Keen Teens); SOUL SAMURAI; THE INEXPLICABLE REDEMPTION OF AGENT G (Ma-Yi Theater & Vampire Cowboys); LUSH VALLEY (HERE); and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of ALICE IN SLASHERLAND; FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD; MEN OF STEEL; and LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK. His scripts are published by Samuel French, Playscripts, and Broadway Play Publishing. Recent honors include being a 2014 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellow; a 2014 McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman Fellow; a 2013 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow; a recipient of a 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award (She Kills Monsters); a 2012 TCG Young Leader of Color; and receiving 2012 & 2009 GLAAD Media Award nominations for his plays SHE KILLS MONSTERS and SOUL SAMURAI. He is a proud resident artist at New Dramatists, a core member of The Playwrights' Center, an alumnus of Youngblood, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and the Keen Company New Play Lab. His company, Vampire Cowboys, often credited for being the pioneers of "geek theatre," holds the unique distinction of being the first professional theatre organization to be officially sponsored by NY Comic Con. They've been praised by The Village Voice as "New York's Best Army of Geeks" and are currently in-residence at The New Ohio Theater and IRT.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/1/2010
Pages 72
ISBN 9798888560075

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced by Ma-Yi Theater & Vampire Cowboys Theater Company, New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Soul Samurai is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


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