Alberta Theatre Projects
Martha Cohen Theatre
Mature subject matter. Suggested for ages 12+
“EXQUISITE. 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
“A POWERFUL DISPLAY OF EMOTION… A RIVETING THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.” – ERICA THORKELSEN, VANCOUVER SUN
“UNDERSTATED PERFECTION… POISED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE SEASON,” – CECILIA LU, VANCITY BUZZ
Written & Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu
Presented by Alberta Theatre Projects & One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo
Empire of the Son is a funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu about his rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960’s London, and also uses audio recordings and photographs to paint an intimate portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express.
IF YOU LIKE: David Sedaris, Spalding Gray, Rick Miller, Life, Death & The Blues, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
Ideal for: Performances and recitals
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) has been the resident tenant in the courtyard-shaped, Georgian-style Martha Cohen Theatre since 1985. Tiered levels of seats form a three-quarter circle around the performing area eliminating the separation between the audience and performers. The farthest seat from the stage is a mere 39 feet away.
Situated in the heart of Arts Commons beside Jack Singer Concert Hall, Martha Cohen Theatre received state-of-the-art sound upgrade in 2014, as well as all new seats and a new lighting console in 2016, ensuring that it remains at the top of theatre industry standard. The Martha Cohen Theatre was named after the late Dr. Martha Cohen ($1M donated by her husband in honour of her birthday).
This venue has limited rental dates
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To inquire about renting this venue, please contact David Fraser at dfraser@ATPlive.com or 403.294.7476
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