• Written by Hiro Kanagawa
  • Directed by Stafford Arima
  • Based on the book by Mark Sakamoto

Forgiveness is a new work by playwright Hiro Kanagawa, adapted from the memoir Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents by Mark Sakamoto. Mark’s book, which won the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2018, tell the stories of his grandparents, their struggles during World War II, and the peace they were able to find.

Spanning three decades, traveling to several countries, and featuring dozens of characters, this expansive production will be unified by an elegant combination of animation and projection design that will conjure the myriad of physical locations and emotional landscapes, acting as a bridge between times and places.

© Forgiveness


Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company began with the belief that cultivating local artists to tell stories enlivened by our shared experiences strengthens the community. Over 50 years later, the company continues to be a national leader in the development of Canadian theatre, and provides patrons with cultural enrichment and engagement to enhance the lives of those it serves. The Arts Club stages eclectic programming throughout its three venues with a focus on developing and producing new Canadian plays in each season. 


Founded in 1968, Theatre Calgary’s mission is to produce work which stimulates, provokes, and delights. As Calgary's first and largest professional theatre company, it strives to reflect the communities, the country, and the world we live in with ambitious programming, passionate community engagement and extraordinary productions. 

Creative team

  • Written by Hiro Kanagawa
  • Directed by Stafford Arima
  • Based on the book by Mark Sakamoto
  • Dramaturg Stephen Drover
  • Animator Cindy Mochizuki
  • Original compositions Reza Jacobs
  • Set design Pamela Johnson

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $150,000 will allow the two companies to devote considerably more time to the development process, and the projection and animation artists will be integrated into each phase of the project’s development, which will influence and inspire the generation of new content from all members of the creative team. 


Co-commissioned and co-produced by the Arts Club Theatre Company and Theatre Calgary. Originally commissioned as a part of the Arts Club’s Silver Commissions project.  

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.  

Performance dates

Past performances

Presented by Arts Club Theatre Company Jan 12 - Feb 12, 2023 Stanley Industrial Theatre Stage (Vancouver)
Presented by Theatre Calgary Mar 7 - Apr 1, 2023 Max Bell Theatre (Calgary)

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