By Mark Sakamoto
Stage adaptation by Hiro Kanagawa
A joint production with Theatre Calgary (Calgary)

World Premiere
An Arts Club Silver Commission funded by Stan and Kathy Hamilton

January 12–February 12, 2023
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Based on the acclaimed memoir by Mark Sakamoto, Forgiveness is the powerful story of his family’s harrowing experiences during World War II. Ralph, Sakamoto’s maternal grandfather, was a Canadian soldier of European descent who spent years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Mitsue, his paternal grandmother, was one of the thousands of Japanese Canadians interned by the government. In the face of tremendous adversity and transgressions, they chose not to live a life of anger but instead to embrace forgiveness—a gift of love they passed down to their families.

  • Showtimes
    Running time: approx. 2h 50m (including one intermission)

    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 7:30 PM
    Wednesday 1:30 PM
    & 7:30 PM
    Thursday 7:30 PM
    Friday 8 PM
    Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM
    Sunday 2 PM
  • Special Performances
    Talkback Tuesday
    Tuesday, January 31, 2023 – 7:30 PM

    VocalEye Performances
    Sunday, February 5, 2023 – 2 PM
    Friday, February 10, 2023 – 8 PM
  • Show Materials
  • Seat map
  • Directions & Parking
    Granville @ 12th, 2750 Granville Street
    Vancouver, BC
    V6H 3J3

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  • Audience advisory
    This production of Forgiveness contains racial slurs, scenes of violence, representation of alcohol abuse, and theatrical devices such as water-based haze, sudden bright lights, and prop firearms. Please contact our box office for more information.



The script and production give the story epic theatrical treatment

—Vancouver Sun

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—Vancouver Magazine

An actorly feat of endurance and artistry...deeply moving—with the occasional guffaw


Artistic Team


  1. Yoshie Bancroft Mitsue Sakamoto
  2. Jerod Blake Mortimer/Father/Recruiter/Mr. Archibald
  3. Griffin Cork Ralph MacLean
  4. Daniel Fong Stan/Pat
  5. June Fukumura Miyoko/Mrs. Yamamoto
  6. Manami Hara Tomi
  7. Alana Hawley Purvis Phyllis/Darlene/Mother/Mrs. Rutt
  8. Fionn Laird Cooper/Hastings Guard
  9. Jacob Leonard Deighton/Adams/Wedding Officer
  10. Isaac Li Ron/Ichiro
  11. Allison Lynch Diane/Socialite/Nurse/Woman on Train
  12. Jovanni Sy Yosuke/Kato/Launderer
  13. Kevin Takahide Lee Hideo Sakamoto


  1. Stafford Arima Director
  2. Stephen Drover Dramaturg
  3. Pam Johnson Set Designer
  4. Joanna Yu Costume Designer
  5. John Webber Lighting Designer
  6. Joshua D. Reid Sound Designer
  7. Reza Jacobs Original Compositions
  8. Cindy Mochizuki Video Designer & Animation
  9. Chimerik 似不像 Collective New Media System Projection Design Team
  10. Sammy Chien New Media System Projection Designer
  11. Vanka Salim Chimerik Intern Assistant Designer
  12. Mike Kovac Fight Director & Stunt Coordinator
  13. Jessica Anne Nelson Intimacy Director
  14. Julie Tamiko Manning Cultural Consultant & Dialect Coach (Japanese Canadian)
  15. Yayoi Hirano Japanese Language Consultant
  16. Jane Macfarlane Dialect Coach (East Coast Canadian)
  17. Peter Colenutt Military Consultant
  18. Howard Dai Assistant Director
  19. Ryan Cormack Assistant Set Designer
  20. Melicia Zaini Assistant Costume Designer
  21. Bronwyn Bowlby Assistant Sound Designer
  22. Cherry Wen Wen Lu Animation Assistant
  23. Erika Morey Stage Manager
  24. Peter Jotkus Assistant Stage Manager
  25. Evan Ren Apprentice Stage Manager
  26. Rachel Ross Apprentice Stage Manager