Workshop of a new play at the Vancouver East Cultural Center

Please join us for the workshop premiere of a new one woman/one act play, as part of the Curators in Residence Series at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.

Sam and Ben and the Big Oops

An original one woman/ one act play centred on upcoming children’s entertainer Sammi Sam, who lives to please and inspire everyone around her: the children she entertains, her long-term boyfriend Ben, and his affluent parents. When she accidentally becomes pregnant, she and Ben must choose whether or not to have a child during a financially and socially unstable time of their lives. The decision forces them to re-evaluate their life goals and their relationship to both their families and each other. Part naive children’s show, part interpersonal drama, Sam and Ben and the Big Oops takes on contemporary social mores with abnormal humour and pathos. The play will premiere on Sunday, February 28 at the Vancouver east cultural centre. It will be followed by performances at various summer festivals, including the Edmonton and Winnipeg fringe festivals.

Participant Bios:

The collaborative team for this project was born shortly after actress Cara Yeates (Some Reckless Abandon, Bye Bye Bombay) won the inaugural Joanna Maratta Award for outstanding contribution to the Vancouver theatre community. The prize was a mentorship with local writer/performer/director TJ Dawe (The Slipknot, Totem Figures) – an award currently being fulfilled as TJ directs Cara in the role of Samantha.

Brendan McLeod (writer, music):
Brendan is a former Canadian Slam poetry champion. He is a member of the acclaimed music group, The Fugitives. His first novel, The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, was nominated for the 2008 Re:Lit Award.

Cara Yeates (performer):
The recent winner of the Joanna Maratta Award for contribution to the Vancouver theatre community, Cara has toured internationally with two previous one woman shows, “Some Reckless Abandon” and “Bye Bye Bombay”, which she wrote.

TJ Dawe (director):
A Jessie and Just for Laughs Comedy Award winner, TJ has performed, written, and directed dozens of Canadian theatre productions over the past ten years, including “Maxim & Cosmo” , “Labrador”, and “The One Man Star Wars Trilogy” (director).

Ticket Price: $15

To purchase tickets or for ticketing queries call The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363. or purchase online at


~ by carayeates on February 24, 2010.

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