Tetsuro Shigematsu, photo by Raymond Shum
1 Hour Photo
A Digital Presentation | A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production
Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu (Empire of the Son), 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.
Navigating this new world of social distancing spawned the innovative solution to bring vAct’s award-winning production 1 Hour Photo across Canada. vAct has collaborated with a Vancouver based film production company, Brightlight Pictures, to produce a high quality, 75 minute cinematic adaptation of 1 Hour Photo by Tetsuro Shigematsu. Presented by theatre companies across Canada, the 1 Hour Photo Virtual Tour will engage with audiences through scheduled showings accompanied by a live talkback with Tetsuro Shigematsu.
“The entire show was a sensory delight and wonder—visually, musically, and emotionally”— Yukari Peerless, yukaripeerless.ca
“1 Hour Photo animates an extraordinary life with vivid props and projections...the play is a buffet of sensory textures” — Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight
“Superbly written and performed, 1 Hour Photo is a universal story” — John Jane, Review Vancouver