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1 Hour Photo

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver)

Oct 3 – 15, 2017

Historic Theatre

Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, 1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River, to being confined at a Japanese Canadian internment camp during World War II, to helping build the Distant Early Warning Line in the Canadian Arctic during the height of the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the most vivid colours of our times.

The draw: A world premiere from the creators of the smash hit Empire of the Son!

1 Hour Photo animates an extraordinary life with vivid props and projections…the play is a buffet of sensory textures” — Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

…Central to it all is Shigematsu himself: stylish with his signature waxed mustache, sleek ponytail, skinny pants and good shoes. He charms us with his storytelling and his playfulness” — Jo Ledingham, joledingham.ca

Superbly written and performed, 1 Hour Photo is a universal story” — John Jane, Review Vancouver

We’re trying to deepen the experience of listening by allowing the audience to look at different things to enable their imaginations to take flight” — Tetsuro Shigematsu, in interview with The Vancouver Sun

There are two piping on hot shows sitting on the windowsill this week. They both open next week in venues operated by The Cultch” — Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

…Mas’s capacity for reinvention, his ability to start over, and the fact that he experienced so much hardship and injustice yet remained so free of bitterness were really quite inspiring to me”— Tetsuro Shigematsu, In interview with The Georgia Straight

Tetsuro shows himself to be a world-class lateral thinker, master of startling transitions. He can turn on a dime from intimate detail and wry self-mockery to cosmic musings…”— Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer

CBC Segment for The Early Edition (starts at 1:29:30)

*Tetsuro Shigematsu
Artistic Producer: Donna Yamamoto
Director: *Richard Wolfe
Dramaturg: Heidi Taylor
Set Design: Pam Johnson
Lighting Design: Gerald King
Costume Design: Laura Fukumoto
Costume Design Mentor: Barbara Clayden
Sound Design/Composer/Performer:
Steve Charles
Audio Dramaturg: Yvonne Gall
Video Design: Jamie Nesbitt
Technical Director/Production Manager: Adrian Muir
Stage Manager/Model & Miniature Design: *Susan Miyagishima
Apprentice Stage Manager: Maria Zarrillo
Apprentice Lighting Design: Tory Ip

*With the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Oct 3, 8PM: Preview
Oct 4, 8PM: Opening Night
Oct 5 – 7, 10 – 14, 8PM
Oct 8, 14 – 15, 2PM

Running Time
85 minutes, no intermission

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