The cast of the world premiere of “The Blameless,” by Nick Gandiello, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, running February 23 – March 26, 2017 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.

A new play at The Old Globe examines the act of forgiveness in the face of the most unbearable of tragedies.

The Blameless centers on the Garcia family, who is struggling to recover from the shooting death of their son.

On one exceptional night, they invite the killer’s father to their home for dinner. Will the evening help them heal — or reopen their wounds?

Playwright Nick Gandiello told KPBS that he had been trying to write a play about gun violence for several years, but it was a difficult undertaking.

“I don’t think we need a reminder that grief sucks. It can be unwatchable to see people suffer,” Gandiello told KPBS.

Gandiello said he was helped in the writing process by a news photo of the father of a gunman embracing the father of one of his victims.

“It really nagged at me in some way, our collective eavesdropping on these situations,” he said.

To see how Gandiello translates the image, catch The Blameless through March 26.

For more information, visit The Old Globe.

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