STUNNING! A brilliant portrayal of a genuine hero.
A rallying cry for our own times.
By Jeanne Sakata
Directed by Lisa Rothe
Starring Joel de la Fuente
An unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi, fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II, he refused to report to a relocation camp with thousands of families of Japanese descent, launching a 50-year journey from college to courtroom and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. An inspiring true story of conscience amidst conflict, it is a one-man portrait of American character at its best.
Closed captioning will be available in both English and Japanese
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Moderated by Giovanna Sardelli
A RECORDED Zoom webinar
Playwright Jeanne Sakata and star Joel de la Fuente respond to questions from the audience and share their unique perspectives about the process of creating Hold These Truths. Moderated by Artistic Associate and Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli!
This play is based on a true story, inspired by many hours of interviews I conducted with Gordon Hirabayashi and several of his friends from the 1940s, by numerous letters written by Mr. Hirabayashi during his imprisonment, and by contemporary articles written by and about Mr. Hirabayashi. It is a work blending historical fact with fiction, and certain actual events have been compressed or altered in terms of chronology or content for dramatic purposes. In Act II, Gordon’s letters are works of fiction inspired by his actual writings from the Ring Family papers in the University of Washington Special Collections, Accession Number #4241-001. Dramatic license has been taken with the actual historical texts. In May 2012, Gordon Hirabayashi was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066
The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 marked the beginning of the United States’ involvement in World War II. It also marked the acceleration of anti-Japanese sentiment in America, and with it an unfounded fear of “enemy aliens” that would lead to the internment of some 120,000 Japanese Americans —two thirds of whom were US citizens—for the duration of the war.
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