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January 18, 2023 - February 12, 2023


Hosted by VocalEye, Arts Club Theatre Company

Spanning over 30 years and two continents, Forgiveness explores the enduring love of family and celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit.

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.

Performances January 18 to February 12

Audience advisory/content warning: 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.

VocalEye is hosting a Notable Social for patrons following the Sunday matinée on February 5th at a nearby restaurant. Please contact amy@vocaleye.ca to register.


Audio description available for the follow nights: Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm and Friday, February 10 at 8 pm PST. Call 604-687-1644 for tickets.



355 East 15th Avenue, #303, Vancouver, BC, V5T 2R2, Canada

VocalEye is a non-profit society, registered charity and the first live descriptive arts service for the blind in Canada. Our mission is to provide greater access to theatre, arts and cultural events for people of all ages who are blind and partially sighted. We provide theatre companies and other arts organizations with the support necessary to make their productions and events more accessible to these audience members through live description, education, outreach and other services.

Arts Club Theatre Company

203 – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 0H6, Canada

Phone number: 604.687.5315

Email: info@artsclub.com

The Arts Club Theatre Company is the largest theatre company in Western Canada. Each year, over a quarter of a million people experience the best in professional theatre at its three venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, as well as on tour throughout the province. Its popular productions range from musicals and contemporary comedies to new works and classics. The Arts Club also expands its audiences outside Vancouver through a three-show mini-season tour presented at venues around British Columbia. The 2018/2019 Arts Club season features six productions at the historic 650-seat Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage; five productions at the vibrant 440-seat Granville Island Stage; and four productions at the intimate 250-seat Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.