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

World Premiere Production

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
    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
    Sunday Salon
    Sunday, January 22, 2023 – 2 PM

    Talkback Tuesday
    Tuesday, January 31, 2023 – 7:30 PM

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

    Parking Tips
  • Audience advisory
    Theatrical devices such as herbal or electronic cigarettes, water-based fog and haze, and mature content may occur in some productions. Please contact our box office for more information.

Artistic Team


  1. Yoshié 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. Josh Reid Sound Designer
  7. Reza Jacobs Original Compositions and Sound Design
  8. Cindy Mochizuki Video Designer & Animation
  9. Chimerik Collective; Sammy Chien Video Systems Designer
  10. Howard Dai Assistant Director
  11. Peter Jotkus Assistant Stage Manager
  12. Evan Ren Apprentice Stage Manager