Empire of the Son Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781772011043
Pages: 80
Pub. Date: January 9 2017
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.25"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Drama / DRA013000

  • ART / Women Artists
  • ART / Canadian
  • ART / Mixed Media
  • POETRY / Canadian
  • POETRY / Women Authors
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
  • DRAMA / Canadian

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Empire of the Son

By Tetsuro Shigematsu
Foreword by Donna Yamamoto
Introduction by Jerry Wasserman

Empire of the Son is an original one-hander that blurs the boundaries between artistic disciplines and continents. It is a unique theatrical hybrid that combines cinematography with the raw immediacy of a performance piece intimately connected to real life in real time. Through a series of audio interviews, playwright Tetsuro Shigetmatsu discovers vast worlds contained within his emotionally remote father – from the ashes of World War II and Hiroshima to swinging London in the 1960s and work in broadcasting at the BBC. As the playwright learns about how his own father was once a son, he realizes all the ways in which he himself needs to step up and become a better dad. This funny, poignant story of one immigrant family and their intergenerational conflicts reminds us that no matter how far we journey out into the world to find ourselves – across decades and continents – we never stop being our parents’ children. It is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. Nominated for six Jessie Awards. Remount completely sold out in Vancouver and scheduled for productions across Canada in 2017.

Cast of 1 man.

Short-listed 2016 Six Jessie Richardson Awards

“Utterly engrossing and uniquely personal … Shigematsu’s one-man play thankfully defies typecasting even while it explores familiar issues of cultural difference, intergenerational relationship, and personal loss. … Despite the limitations of print, the theatrical production is lovingly reconstructed with family photographs and careful stage directions that make the collaborative nature of both the narrative and its theatrical telling apparent. … And the printed version does make it possible to reread Shigematsu’s extraordinarily powerful language, which is in turns wryly humorous, poetic, and gut-wrenching.”—Canadian Literature