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Empire of the Son ()

Produced by

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Presented by

Factory Theatre

Playwright: Tetsuro Shigematsu
Director: Richard Wolfe


Factory Studio Theatre


January 18th, 2017 – January 29th, 2017


In this exhilaratingly original multimedia one-man show, the actor, comedian, and CBC radio broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu tells the dynamic story of his emotionally distant father Akira. From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, Akira’s incredible personal history continues to influence two generations. Separated by language, culture, and history, this raw and profound exploration of what truly keeps father and son apart is a funny, emotional and deeply thoughtful portrayal of parent / child relationships. (


Tetsuro Shigematsu Performer
Yoshiko Shigematsu Documentary Audio
Akira Shigematsu Documentary Audio

Creative Team

Tetsuro Shigematsu Playwright
Richard Wolfe Director
Richard Wolfe Original Concept Dramaturgy
Heidi Taylor Dramaturg
Pam Johnson Set Designer
Gerald King Lighting Designer
Barbara Clayden Costume Designer
Steven Charles Sound Designer
Yvonne Gall Audio Dramaturg
Remy Siu Video Design Consultant


Susan Miyagishima Stage Manager
Jeff Harrison Technical Director