Going on its third tour starting this November!
“Empire of the Son is exquisite. It’s also painstakingly honest… the storytelling is poetic, associative—and often funny. I can’t say enough good things about Empire of the Son… one of the best shows of the year.”
– Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
November 8-17, 2018 | Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC
November 28- December 9th, 2018 | Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg, MB
March 27-April 10, 2019 | Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon, SK
April 25 – May 4, 2019 | Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC
About the Show
The second tour of the original, multi-disciplinary play by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigetmatsu who discovers vast worlds contained within his emotionally remote father – from the ashes of World War II and Hiroshima, to swinging London in the 1960s. As he learns about how his own father was once a son, Tetsuro realizes all the ways in which he himself needs to step up and become a better dad. Empire of the Son is a funny, emotional portrayal of parent/child relationships, and a reminder of no matter how far we journey out into the world to find ourselves – across decades and continents – we never stop being our parents’ children.
Empire of the Son originally premiered at The Cultch in October 2015. The show was completely sold out before it even opened – unprecedented for the premiere of a new Canadian play. Its subsequent extension was also completely sold out.
Playwright & Performer: Tetsuro Shigematsu*
Artistic Producer: Donna Yamamoto
Director/Original Concept Dramaturgy: Richard Wolfe*
Set Design: Pam Johnson
Dramaturg: Heidi Taylor (Playwrights Theatre Centre)
Lighting Design: Gerald King
Costume Design: Barbara Clayden
Sound Design: Steve Charles
Audio Dramaturg: Yvonne Gall
Stage Manager: Susan Miyagishima*
Technical Director/Production Manager: Andrew Pye
Props Master: Carol Macdonald
Video Design Consultant: Remy Siu
Apprentice Lighting Designer: Tory Ip
Production Manager: Adrian Muir
Documentary Audio: Yoshiko & Akira Shigematsu
*With permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.