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Griffin Cork, Yoshie Bancroft.
Photo: David Cooper

Overview

Experience the Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the acclaimed 2018 Canada Reads–winning novel by Mark Sakamoto. It’s a memoir of Sakamoto’s grandparents and their harrowing experiences during the Second World War. Mark’s maternal grandfather was a Canadian soldier who spent years as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. His paternal grandmother was one of the thousands of Japanese Canadians interned by the Canadian government during the war. In the face of tremendous adversity and transgressions, they chose not to live a life of anger but instead to embrace and teach forgiveness. Be prepared to be moved by Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Hiro Kanagawa’s heartfelt adaptation.

A joint production with the Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver).

Audience Advisory: This performance contains racial slurs, scenes of violence, representation of alcohol abuse, and theatrical devices such as water-based haze, sudden bright lights, and prop firearms.

Banner image: Griffin Cork and Yoshie Bancroft; projection design by Cindy Mochizuki; photo by David Cooper for the Arts Club Theatre Company, Forgiveness, 2023.
  • DIRECTOR
    STAFFORD ARIMA
  • DRAMATURG
    STEPHEN DROVER
  • SET DESIGN
    PAM JOHNSON
  • COSTUME DESIGN
    JOANNA YU
  • LIGHTING DESIGN
    JOHN WEBBER
  • SOUND DESIGN
    JOSHUA D. REID
  • ORIGINAL COMPOSITION
    REZA JACOBS
  • VIDEO DESIGN & ANIMATION
    CINDY MOCHIZUKI
  • NEW MEDIA SYSTEM PROJECTION DESIGN TEAM
    CHIMERIK 似不像 COLLECTIVE - SAMMY CHIEN (DESIGNER), VANKA SALIM (CHIMERIK INTERN ASSISTANT DESIGN)
  • FIGHT DIRECTOR & STUNT COORDINATOR
    MIKE KOVAC
  • INTIMACY DIRECTOR
    JESSICA ANNE NELSON
  • CULTURAL CONSULTANT & DIALECT COACH (JAPANESE CANADIAN)
    JULIE TAMIKO MANNING
  • JAPANESE LANGUAGE CONSULTANT
    YAYOI HIRANO
  • VOICE & DIALECT COACH (EAST COAST CANADIAN)
    JANE MACFARLANE
  • MILITARY CONSULTANT
    PETER COLENUTT
  • ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    HOWARD DAI
  • ASSISTANT SET DESIGN
    RYAN CORMACK
  • ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGN
    MELICIA ZAINI
  • ASSISTANT SOUND DESIGN
    BRONWYN BOWLBY
  • ASSISTANT FIGHT DIRECTOR
    BRIANNA JOHNSTON
  • ANIMATION ASSISTANT
    CHERRY WEN WEN LU
  • 1960s DANCING & CELTIC JIG CHOREOGRAPHY
    SHELLEY STEWART HUNT
  • SWING DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY
    GREGORY PEMBER
  • STAGE MANAGER
    ERIKA MOREY
  • ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
    PETER JOTKUS
  • APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER
    BRIANNA DIODATI
  • CAST
    YOSHIE BANCROFT, JEROD BLAKE, GRIFFIN CORK, DANIEL FONG, JUNE FUKUMURA, MANAMI HARA, ALANA HAWLEY PURVIS, FIONN LAIRD, JACOB LEONARD, ISACC LI, ALLISON LYNCH, JOVANNI SY, KEVIN TAKAHIDE LEE
  • SWINGS
    HOWARD DAI, CHARLIE GOULD, KATELYN MORISHITA, BERNARDO PACHECO

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