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Empire of the Son – SOLD OUT!

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Oct 6 – 24, 2015

Culture Lab


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Empire of the Son

Written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (Huffington Post columnist, star of Spike/MTV’s The Deadliest Warrior, and former host of CBC’s The Roundup), Empire of the Son is Tetsuro’s personal story of his relationship with his father. Separated by a generation but connected by blood, Tetsuro and his father speak different languages and possess different values, but what ultimately keeps them apart is their similarities.

The draw: Ricepaper Magazine calls Shigematsu “the voice of our Azn generation”

Venue: Vancity Culture Lab – 1895 Venables Street

Show dates and times:
Oct 6, 8 PM: Preview
Oct 7, 8 PM: Opening
Oct 8 – 10, 13 – 24: 8 PM
Oct 11: 2 PM
Post-show talkbacks: Oct 8, 11 & 13
Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission


Produced by: Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Writer/Performer: *Tetsuro Shigematsu
Artistic Producer: Donna Yamamoto
Director/Original Concept Dramaturgy: *Richard Wolfe
Dramaturge: Heidi Taylor
Set Design: Pam Johnson
Lighting Design: Gerald King
Costume Design: Barbara Clayden
Sound Design: Steve Charles
Audio Dramaturge: 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 Zarrillo
Apprentice Lighting designer: Tory Ip
Documentary audio: Yoshiko & Akira Shigematsu
*With the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association


– Vancouver Courier Preview

Empire of the Son is at once uncannily familiar yet exhilaratingly new, as it marshals the tiniest of objects to focus on life’s biggest questions.”
Broadway World


What People are Saying

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My daughter and I saw a performance this evening (Oct 15) and were captivated by the brilliance of the performance, the exquisite execution and the depth of the storytelling… unforgettable. So much more to say but even more was felt and I am going to just savor the experience for now…

-- Suzann Kingston

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