Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, 1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River, to being confined at a Japanese Canadian internment camp during World War II, to helping build the Distant Early Warning Line in the Canadian Arctic during the height of the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the most vivid colours of our times.
1 Hour Photo animates an extraordinary life with vivid props and projections…the play is a buffet of sensory textures
Wrestling with questions of life and death, 1 Hour Photo is most heartfelt in its exploration of Yamamoto’s life. Ultimately, we are all a little better off for his willingness to share it through Shigematsu
The entire show was a sensory delight and wonder—visually, musically, and emotionally
Yukari Peerless, yukaripeerless.ca
I heard people crying …. delivered such an emotional punch
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Since taking over the helm of vAct in 2013, Donna has devoted herself to the development of stage productions that are written and performed by Asian Canadian artists. Under her tenure, vAct has garnered three Jessie Awards and 21 Jessie nominations, for Ga Ting, Empire of the Son, 1 Hour Photo, The Ones We Leave Behind and Kuroko. Donna was awarded the Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award at the 2016 Jessies for outstanding leadership in developing works by 3 Asian Canadian playwrights in The Cultch’s 2015-16 season. That same year, she was chosen as the UBCP/ACTRA Women’s Committee International Women’s Day Honouree in recognition of her outstanding contribution to causes of social justice.
Described by the Georgia Straight as “one of the city’s best artists,” Tetsuro Shigematsu is a former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, in 2004, he became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada, where he wrote and produced over 50 pieces of radio drama. His solo-work, Empire of the Son , has played in 18 cities to over 20,000 people, and was described by Colin Thomas as, “one of the best shows ever to come out of Vancouver. Ever.” 1 Hour Photo, was a finalist for the 2019 Governor General’s Award for Drama.
Richard is multi-award winning director, producer, dramaturg and specialist in contemporary theatre who’s received, among other awards: The Ray Michel Award, The John Moffat and Larry Lillo Prize, as well 6 Jessie Richardson nominations and 2 awards for Outstanding Direction. Richard is the Artistic Director of Pi Theatre and will be directing the Canadian premiere of Lampedusa by Anders Lustgarten which can be seen at Performance Works in Vancouver this spring.
Heidi Taylor is a dramaturg, director, and Artistic & Executive Director at PTC, based on the traditional unceded, occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She recently dramaturged the world premieres of Carmen Aguirre’s Anywhere But Here, Tetsuro Shigetmatsu’s Kuroko, Chicken Girl by Derek Chan, and Public and Private by choreographer Ziyian Kwan. Current projects: Derek Chan’s yellow objects, Zahida Rahemtulla’s The Wrong Bashir, Amber Funk Barton’s How to Say Goodbye, and Mermaid Spring, created by Barbara Adler and Kyla Gardiner. Heidi served as Board Treasurer of LMDA and the founding president of LMDA Canada.
Pam is thrilled to be designing 1 Hour Photo. This is Pam’s 40th year as a set designer since graduating from Studio 58. She has designed for, Bard on the Beach, Arts Club, Theatre Calgary, and Shaw Festival to name just a few companies. Pam is a multiple Jessie Award winner, along with a Career Achievement Award.
Gerald has designed lighting for many local Dance, Theatre and Opera Companies. Some of those include: Ballet British Columbia, Bard on The Beach, The Vancouver Opera, The Arts Club, and Kokoro Dance. Outside of Vancouver his work has been seen with The National Ballet of Canada, Theatre Calgary, The Citadel, The National Arts Centre, Western Canada Theatre and numerous others. Gerald has received a number of Awards for his Lighting Design and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Susan is an accomplished stage manager, props designer, production & event coordinator, and has recently expanded her expertise into both directing and producing. As well as having worked locally with many of Vancouver’s esteemed theatre companies, she has toured extensively across Canada and abroad into the US and Asia. Susan is honoured to have stage managed four main stage productions with VACT: Empire of the Son, The Ones We Leave Behind, Kuroko, and 1 Hour Photo, for which she, Tetsuro, and Jamie jointly received a Jessie Award for Technical Design. Susan is a graduate of Studio 58.
Previous credits for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre include: Kuroko, The Ones We Leave Behind, several touring versions of Empire Of The Son and the original production of One Hour Photo. Adrian has also worked as a production manager, technical director and lighting designer with many local theatre companies over the past 25 years and is multi-Jessie award winner in both lighting design and production.
Steve Charles is a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and sound designer from the Pacific Northwest. Highlights include working with Bard on the Beach, Arts Club, Playhouse/MTC, Boca del Lupo, Bluemouth Inc., Galala on TV Unis and Pacifique en Chanson.
With the Escape Artists, he collaborated on Miss Shakespeare, Hey Viola and he continues to perform in their show Chelsea Hotel in theatres across Canada. He tours internationally with bands The Fugitives and Viper Central and is in demand as a musician and theatre artist for his expertise and versatility. He is delighted to be back with the incredible team at VACT for 1 Hour Photo! www.stevenjohncharles.com
Persephone Theatre is thankful for the generous support of the City of Saskatoon, The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation, Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Fund, and the Canada Council for the Arts.