Heartfelt Family Drama
EMPIRE OF THE SON
BY TETSURO SHIGEMATSU
DIRECTED BY RICHARD WOLFE
A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production
Presented by Alberta Theatre Projects & One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo
JANUARY 16 – 28, 2018
“EXQUISITE. I’M TELLING ALL OF THE PEOPLE I LOVE MOST TO SEE THIS SHOW…” — THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT
“A POWERFUL DISPLAY OF EMOTION… A RIVETING THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.” – VANCOUVER SUN
Empire of the Son is a funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu about his rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960’s London, and also uses audio recordings and photographs to paint an intimate portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express.
Audience Considerations: Mature subject matter. Suggested for ages 12+.
Running Time: Approximately 75 minutes
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Director/Original Concept Dramaturgy – Richard Wolfe
Artistic Producer – Donna Yamamoto
(The following artist listings for Empire of the Son are based upon the original production by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, presented by The Cultch)
Dramaturg – Heidi Taylor
Set Design – Pam Johnson
Lighting Design – Gerald King
Costume Design – Barbara Clayden
Sound Design – Steve Charles
Audio Dramaturg – Yvonne Gall
Stage Manager – Susan Miyagishima
Technical Director/Production Manager – Jayson McLean
Props Master – Carole Macdonald
Video Design Consultant – Remy Siu
Apprentice Stage Manager – Maria Zarillo
Documentary Audio – Akira Shigematsu, Yoshiko Shigematsu, Rie Shigematsu Collett, Hana Shigematsu, Setsu Shigematsu
Documentary Video – Mika Shigematsu, Taizo Shigematsu