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October 2017
Tuesday October 3, 2017
Play: “1 Hour Photo” by Tetsuro Shigematsu at the Cultch in Vancouver
Posted: Wednesday January 11, 2017
Tetsuro Shigematsu
[Tetsuro Shigematsu, 2016]

Tetsuro Shigematsu is a Canadian playwright, comedian, and radio broadcaster. Originally trained in the fine arts, he found a creative outlet writing for CBC Television’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Then, in 2004, he became the first person of colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada when he took over The Roundup on CBC Radio, for which he co-wrote and co-produced nearly a thousand hours of network programming. He has written and produced more than fifty pieces of radio drama as well as the feature film Yellow Fellas (2007). He is currently a Vanier scholar and Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Follow him @tweetsuro or visit him at shiggy.com.

LATEST Tetsuro Shigematsu NEWS

June 2017 : Home again, home again after the convention circuit

October 2016 : Opening tomorrow! Empire of the Son at the Cultch, Vancouver

June 2016 : On Monday, June 27 in Vancouver, the 2016 Jessie Awards will be presented


Empire of the Son

Nominated for six Jessie Richardson Awards in 2016: Significant Artistic Achievement, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Direction (Richard Wolfe), Outstanding Production of a Play, Significant Artistic Achievement, and Outstanding Original Script (Tetsuro Shigematsu)


Empire of the Son

“The charming West Coast hit … is about a first-generation Canadian’s fraught relationship with an immigrant parent – an artistic son coming to terms with his hard-shelled father. … While there are some clever visual elements to his show, it’s Shigematsu’s radio voice, larger than life, and the inclusion of recordings of his father’s, post-life, that lends Empire of the Son its unusual tone, slightly distanced and yet extremely intimate – and easy to relate to. … it will be hard for anyone to avoid shedding a couple of tears at this lovely, low-key stage memoir.”
Globe & Mail

Empire of the Son is exquisite. It’s also painstakingly honest … the storytelling is poetic, associative – and often funny. I can’t say enough good things about Empire of the Son … one of the best shows of the year.”
Georgia Straight

"Artistic son has ambivalent relationship with distant, stern immigrant father. It’s a common subject, but BC’s Tetsuro Shigematsu breathes new life into it in Empire Of The Son."

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