Empire of the Son

Play by Tetsuro Shigematsu at Victoria Playhouse

Tetsuro Shigematsu
[photo by Mika Shigematsu]

Empire of the Son by Tetsuro Shigematsu will be on stage at the Victoria Playhouse August 30–September 3.

In the multi-disciplinary play, inspired by a series of audio interviews, Tetsuro 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 that no matter how far one journeys out into the world to find themselves—across decades and continents—one never stops being their parents’ children.

A former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Tetsuro became the first person of colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada. His theatrical solo-work, Empire of the Son, was described by theatre critic Colin Thomas as “one of the best shows ever to come out of Vancouver. Ever.” Tetsuro’s other solo-work, 1 Hour Photo was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama (2019) and was the co-winner of the Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award, (2021). Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight declared him to be “one of the city’s best artists.” 

In 2018, Tetsuro earned his PhD in arts-based research from the University of British Columbia and now serves as the creative director of its research-based Theatre Lab. Learn more at shiggy.com.

For tickets, visit victoriaplayhouse.com or call the box office at 1-800-925-2025.