Empire of the Son

by Tetsuro Shigematsu

October 6, 2015 to October 24, 2015

The world premiere of an 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.

Playright & Performer: Tetsuro Shigematsu*

Director/Original Concept Dramaturgy: Richard Wolfe*

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: Carol Macdonald

Video Design Consultant: Remy Siu

Apprentice Stage Manager: Maria Zarrillo

Apprentice Lighting Designer: Tory Ip

Documentary Audio: Yoshiko & Akira Shigematsu


Show Dates

October 6-17, 2015 – SOLD OUT

Preview on October 6

Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm

2 pm matinees Sun Oct 11 and Sat Oct 17

October 20-24, 2015 – RUN EXTENDED – SOLD OUT

Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm

2 pm matinee Sat Oct 24



At the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch

1895 Venables St, Vancouver



Buy tickets online at thecultch.com or call 604-251-1363

*With permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.





Press Coverage

The Georgia Straight

“Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son is exquisite”   Review by Colin Thomas


VanCity Buzz

“Empire of the Son is understated perfection” Review by Cecila Lu


Vancouver Sun

“Grief stripped raw in all its beauty: One man show is a powerful display of emotion”   Review by Erika Thorkelson