Hold These Truths: A One-Man Play

The Pasadena Playhouse present the one-man play by Jeanne Sakata, Hold These Truths running from May 30 – June 25. Starring Joel de la Fuente and directed by Lisa Rothe, the solo show was inspired by the true story of Japanese-American civil rights pioneer Gordon Hirabayashi, to whom President Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in May 2012.

Seventy-five years ago, an executive order called for American citizens to be ripped from their homes and forced into internment camps, detained solely based on their heritage and ancestry. Amid the chaos, one young student stands up for what he passionately believes is right in the face of a country deeply divided between national security and freedom for all. Based on the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, Hold These Truths is a shockingly relevant cautionary tale of the injustices perpetrated when nationalism, fear and hysteria collide.

During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs – and a confrontation with its failures.

The script, published in Japan Studies Association Journal in 2010, is currently on display at the Library of Congress Playwrights Archive in the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection in Washington DC, where the Jeanne Sakata Collection was established in July 2011.

Sakata is a renowned actor and playwright known for using her passion, versatility, talent and wit to provoke public conversation about culturally significant topics. In 2015-16, Jeanne’s work spans across theater, film and television, with productions in 2016 of Hold These Truths (2013 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance) at Portland Center Stage, the Guthrie Theater, the Perseverance Theatre, and in 2015 in ACT Seattle’s 50th Anniversary Mainstage Season following four sold-out performances in the ACT Lab; guest appearances on Bravo TV’s True Fiction and ABC’s Dr. Ken; acclaimed comic turns onstage as Marceline in LA Times 2015 Critic’s Choice Figaro at A Noise Within and in A Single Shard at People’s Light & Theatre; and her voice work as Soon Yang in Jennifer Phang’s acclaimed indie sci-fi film, Advantageous, streaming exclusively on Netflix (US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision, 2015 Sundance Film Festival; 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award Nomination).

Other special honors include the 2016 Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theatre Community from Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles’ Pacific American Friends of Theatre Outstanding Artist Award, the Monaco Charity Film Festival Best Actress Award (Adultolescence), Stage Scene Outstanding Performance mention (Master Class), Entertainment Today Best Supporting Actress Award (A Winter People), and the Drama-Logue Outstanding Performance Award (The Maids).

Sakata resides in Los Angeles with her husband Tim, and together they enjoy traveling, cooking and baking, reading, writing, hiking, charity work, and music.

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