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Hold These Truths
April 6 May 1
A solo play inspired by the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi

“The internment was something I couldn’t accept myself and still maintain an honest feeling that I was a proud American citizen. I wasn’t. Unless I took a stand.” — Gordon Hirabayashi

Steven Eng plays real-life activist Gordon Hirabayashi (and 37 other characters!) in this critically acclaimed solo play. As a young man, Gordon struggles to reconcile his admiration for the U.S. Constitution with the government’s 1942 orders resulting in the forced removal and internment of over 120,000 people of Japanese descent. Marked by hope, humor, and an irrepressible zest for life, Gordon’s journey of resistance ultimately leads to the famous Supreme Court case Hirabayashi v. United States—a legacy that continues to resonate today.

Our planned 2020 production of Hold These Truths never saw a live audience, though you might have watched it online or caught the WHYY broadcast. This season, the same cast and creative team reunite to finally perform the play for you in person! 

Recommended for ages 10+ for mature themes



April 6-May 1, 2022 By Jeanne Sakata Directed by Desdemona Chiang Steinbright Stage
Cast and Creative Team
Steven Eng
Gordon Hirabayashi
Jeanne Sakata
Desdemona Chiang
Se Hyun Oh
Set Designer
Katie Yamaguchi
Costume Designer
Dawn Chiang
Lighting Designer
Hidenori Nakajo
Sound Designer
Gina Pisasale
Thoughts from the Playwright
Thoughts from the Playwright
"Great leaps . . . are made up of a thousand smaller steps of individuals who simply and irrevocably decide to take a step in the right direction."
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Relaxed Performance

Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. This RP features ASL interpretation, and audio description is available upon request.

Sunday, April 24 at 2pm

ASL Interpretation & Audio Description

This performance features American Sign Language interpretation provided by Hands UP Productions. Audio description, provided by Nicole Sardella, is available upon request. This is also a Relaxed Performance.

Sunday, April 24 at 2pm

Open Captioning

During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.

April 26 – May 1

Access Night

To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for this performance, no promo code required.

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30pm