Empire of the Son

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Canadian broadcaster, journalist, comedian and filmmaker Tetsuro Shigematsu will perform his one-man show Empire of the Son, Friday December 1 at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John.


A former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Shigematsu became the first person of colour to host a daily network radio program in Canada when he replaced Bill Richardson as host of CBC’s The Roundup.

Now a writer for The Huffington Post and playwright and artist in residence at Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Shigematsu brings his one-of-a-kind, award-winning cinematic theatre experience to east coast audiences this fall.

A play about two generations of broadcasters, a father and son, connected by blood and kept apart by the very things they have in common.

Blending audio interviews, video projection and performance, Empire of the Son examines the life of his father, ”from the ashes of World War II and Hiroshima to swinging London in the 1960s” and follows his career as a broadcaster with both the BBC and CBC.

When Empire of the Son opened in Vancouver in October 2015 the play received an extended, completely sold out run of performances and was named Best Theatre Show of 2015 by the Vancouver Sun.  Remounted in 2016 at the Cultch Theatre in Vancouver, the entire two week run sold out before opening night.

“… a riveting, emotional theatrical experience.”Erika Thorkelson,  The Vancouver Sun

“I’m telling all of the people I love most to see this show… I can’t say enough good things about Empire of the Son,” – Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

Empire of the Son | Friday December 1 | Imperial Theatre | Saint John | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets 

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