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Cancelled: Hold These Truths
March 18 April 19
Cancelled: Hold These Truths
March 18 April 19
March 18-April 19, 2020
By Jeanne Sakata Directed by Desdemona Chiang Steinbright Stage
A solo play inspired by the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi

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Read on to hear from the playwright, learn about Gordon Hirabayashi's legacy, and more!

​Play Synopsis:

As a young University of Washington student and practicing Quaker, Gordon Hirabayashi struggles to reconcile his deep admiration for the U.S. Constitution with the government’s 1942 orders to forcibly remove and intern over 120,000 people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Gordon's remarkable resistance ultimately leads to the famous Supreme Court case Hirabayashi v. United States, and continues to resonate today as we encounter questions of national security, citizenship, and what it means to be an American. Steven Eng plays Gordon Hirabayashi (and 37 other characters!) in Jeanne Sakata's critically-acclaimed solo play.

Recommended for ages 10+ due to mature themes.

Cast and Creative Team
Gordon Hirabayashi
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
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Welcome to Hold These Truths
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Playwright's Note
"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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Hirabayashi's Legacy
Hirabayashi took a stand more than 70 years ago – and left a strong legacy of civil rights activism that continues today.
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