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Never Shoot a Stampede Queen
Starring Zachary Stevenson
VANCOUVER, BC: West End Productions is pleased to present the Vancouver debut of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen May 10-25 at the Granville Island Stage.
Starring Zachary Stevenson (the Arts Club’s Buddy Holly), directed and dramaturged by TJ Dawe (hot off his acclaimed solo show Medicine), and adapted for the stage from the Leacock Medal winning book by the author, Mark Leiren-Young, this new comedy is a collection of true life tall tales from BC’s real-life wild west.
Never Shoot a Stampede Queen follows the adventures of a big city (Vancouver) boy who arrives in a real life cowboy town (Williams Lake) with the highest crime rate in BC and discovers stranger news, quirkier characters, and better friends, than he ever could have imagined.
Following its publication in 2009, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen – A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo won the Leacock Medal for Humour and spent 16 weeks on the BC Bestseller’s list. Dawe, a fan of the book, approached Leiren-Young about adapting the story for the stage as a solo show. The Arts Club Theatre offered the duo the chance to workshop a script last year as part of their 2012 Scene First program with Ryan Beil. Beil is performing Never Shoot a Stampede Queen at the show’s World Premiere at the Western Canada Theatre Company’s production opening April 20th, which is also being directed by Dawe.
Never Shoot a Stampede Queen runs May 10-25, nightly at 8 pm (Sundays dark), with 2 pm matinees on Saturdays. There will be a special preview May 9 and talkback sessions with both the playwright and star in attendance on Wednesday nights and after the Saturday matinees and the special preview. Tickets are $25-45, and are available at Vancouver Tix. All performances will take place at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage, 1689 Johnston St.
The Stampede Team:
Zachary Stevenson: Named one of the top ten talents to watch in the Vancouver Sun, Zachary Stevenson is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actor and multi-instrumentalist. With a BFA in theatre, Zach has been featured both as an actor and musician in major theatres and concert venues across North America from Victoria to Halifax, from the Queen Charlotte Islands to New York City. Zach has played leading roles in Urinetown, Assassins, Hair, Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave, The Ballad of Phil Ochs and led seven productions of The Buddy Holly Story from Ontario to Vancouver. With 5 albums under his belt (three solo and two with Toronto’s The Human Statues) he’s been featured at the Ottawa Folk Fest, Blue Skies Festival, Summerfolk, Winterfolk (Toronto), Folk Alliance (Memphis), North East Regional Folk Alliance (New York) and the Ottawa Blues Festival sharing stages with the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer, Danny Michel, the Good Lovelies and KISS. He shares a Toronto Virgin Radio songwriting award with fellow Human Statue, Jeff Bryant, for their song The Man on Radio. Zachary has been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” for the both the Jessie Richardson Awards and Ovation Awards in Vancouver. Zachary has raised over $10,000 for MSF (Doctors Without Borders) through CD sales.
Mark Leiren-Young is a Vancouver-based writer/performer/filmmaker. His plays include Easy Money at the Arts Club’s Stanley Theatre and three annual production of The Year in Revue at the Arts Club Revue featuring his comedy duo, Local Anxiety. His play Shylock has been staged all over North America since debuting at Bard on the Beach. His sequel/prequel to Stampede Queen -- Free Magic Secrets Revealed -- is being released in April by Harbour Publishing. Both Magic Secrets and Stampede Queen are optioned for film and Mark is currently working on screenplays for both of them. He is also touring a new solo show, Greener Than Thou - directed and dramaturged by TJ Dawe. For more on Mark visit http://www.leiren-young.com
TJ Dawe is a Vancouver-based writer/performer/director/dramaturge. He’s performed at more than 100 theatre and comedy festivals across Canada, in the US and overseas. His play Toothpaste & Cigars (cowritten with Mike Rinaldi) has recently wrapped shooting as a feature film titled The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe. He’s recently worked with internet celebrity Frank Warren on bringing the blog PostSecret to the stage (titled PostSecret: Unheard Voices), in a production that’s set to tour the US in the 2013/14 season, produced by Magic Space Entertainment. TJ has six published plays, and a humour book. He directed and co-created The One Man Star Wars Trilogy and One Man Lord of the Rings with Charlie Ross, both of which have been touring the world since they debuted in 2002 and 2004, respectively, including runs off-Broadway in New York, in London’s West End, at the Edinburgh Fringe and on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. TJ blogs, podcasts and tweets at Beamsandstruts.com, an ideas blog he co- edits, and about which he delivered a feature talk at TEDx Manitoba last February, which can be seen on YouTube. And he’s got another seven or eight projects he’s juggling as well.