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Adapted by Hiro Kanagawa
By Mark Sakamoto
Illustrated by Cindy Mochizuki
Subjects: Asian Canadian Playwrights, East Asian Canadian Playwrights, Theatre of War, Western Playwrights, British Columbia, Adaptations, Family Life, Biography, (Im)migration, Death, Grief & Loss
Casting: 5 f, 8 m, doubling
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369103949, 216 pages, January 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369103963, January 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369103956, January 2023


  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Awards 2023
  • Winner, Calgary Theatre Critic's Awards - Outstanding New Play 2023


Mitsue Sakamoto and Ralph MacLean both suffered tremendous loss during WWII: Mitsue as a survivor of a Japanese Canadian internment camp, and Ralph as a prisoner in a Japanese POW camp. In order to rebuild their lives and their families after the war, Ralph and Mitsue must find the grace and generosity necessary to forgive those who have wronged them. Their paths eventually cross in 1968 when Mitsue’s son and Ralph’s daughter begin dating, and Ralph is invited to Mitsue’s home for dinner.

This soaring adaptation of Mark Sakamoto’s award-winning memoir affirms the power of forgiveness and shows us that in our challenging times characterized by political divisiveness, xenophobia, and race hatred, the story of Mitsue and Ralph’s personal triumphs over hatred, injustice, violence, and bigotry remains vitally relevant and urgently necessary.


“Hiro has truly brought Forgiveness to life with a wondrous grace. This promises to be theatre that will stay with you for a very long time.”

- Mark Sakamoto, author of Forgiveness: A Gift From My Grandparents