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Empire of the Son by Tetsuro Shigematsu

Empire of the Son

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Acclaimed Drama
Separated by a generation, connected by blood

EMPIRE OF THE SON

By Tetsuro Shigematsu
Directed by Richard Wolfe
Produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

November 8 - 17, 2018 • Studio B
Tickets only $29

Two Generations and the Silence Between Them

In this acclaimed autobiographical one-man show, Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio’s The Roundup) tells the dynamic tale of an emotionally distant father, Akira, whose legacy is felt beyond his lifetime. Empire of the Son sold out its entire 2015 world premiere run and was named the ‘Best Theatre Show of 2015’ by the Vancouver Sun. It was also sold out during the 2016 remount prior to opening.  

From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, Empire of the Son shows how Akira's incredible personal history has influenced two generations. Tetsuro paints an intimate portrait of the evolving connection between father and son, and the deep-seated love for one another that they both struggle to express. Though separated by language, culture and history, what truly keeps father and son apart is their similarities.

Empire of the Son is a funny, emotional, and deeply thoughtful portrayal of the profound bond between a father and son. It is a reminder that no matter how far we journey out into the world to find ourselves – across decades and continents – we will never stop being our parents' children.

"A powerful display of emotion...a riveting theatrical experience." - Vancouver Sun

Audience considerations: Mature subject matter. Recommended age: 12+


SHOW TIMES & SPECIAL EVENTS

PR = Preview  OP = Opening Night
AP = Afterplay TBT = Talkback Thursday

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2018/2019 SEASON
 

Sep 27 - Oct 6, 2018
LES BELLES-SOEURS

Nov 8 - 17, 2018
EMPIRE OF THE SON

Dec 6 - 31, 2018
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Feb 7 - 16, 2019
YOGA PLAY

March 14 - 23, 2019
GROSS MISCONDUCT

April 4 - 13, 2019
GLORY

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