Empire of the Son
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
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.
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+
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES & EVENTS
All events are free with ticket, unless otherwise noted.
Opening Night | November 9, 2018 - Post-show
Celebrate the opening Empire of the Son with the artists after the show along with refreshments and cake!
Afterplay | November 14 & 16, 2018 - Post-show
What did you think of the show? We want to hear what you have to say so come join us for an informal discussion after the show to share your thoughts with us and others!
Talkback Thursday | November 15, 2018 - Post-show
After the performance, join us for an intimate Q & A conversation with some of the actors. This Talkback is your chance to ask questions and gain insight into the play you've just seen.