Project Description

Starring Joel de la Fuente

Hold These Truths

Directed by LISA ROTHE


St. Germain Stage

Unsung American hero Gordon Hirabayashi fights passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II, he defies the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry, launching a 50-year journey from college to courtroom and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. A story filled with hope, this play will leave you cheering for a man who stood up for the true meaning of patriotism.

“Stunning! A brilliant portrayal of a genuine hero.”
Huffington Post

Sponsored in part by Carol and Alfred Maynard & Dick Ziter and Eric Reimer

“de la Fuente spins all of this with ease, grace and authenticity…It’s an appealing, clean, lucid, crisply defined performance…”
—The Berkshire Eagle

“A rare and wonderful way to bring us a one-man play that couldn’t be more timely…”
—Berkshire On Stage

“The power of de la Fuente’s impeccably calibrated performance lies in its understatement. Lisa Rothe directs quietly, sensitively, simply…”
—Off-Script with Dan Dwyer

Hold These Truths is a bold, precise depiction of a shameful time in American history.”
—Talkin’ Broadway

“An extraordinary evening of theatre.”
—Berkshire Fine Arts

“It’s an important piece.”
—Berkshire Bright Focus

“Sakata is ably complemented by Fuente’s dynamic yet controlled and insightful acting.”

Joel de la Fuente delivers his amazing performance, full of nuance… It is a bravura performance, not to be missed.”
—The Berkshire Record


JOEL DE LA FUENTE* (Gordon Hirabayashi) is honored to perform Hold These Truths for Barrington Stage Company. Most recently, the play was awarded three Theatre Bay Area Awards for its run in San Francisco, including Outstanding Principal Performance, as well as garnering a Drama Desk Nomination in New York City for Outstanding Solo Performance when it debuted in 2012. On television, Joel plays Chief Inspector Kido on The Man in the High Castle, one of Amazon Studios’ most-watched original series. He also portrays Dr. Johann Pryce on Netflix’s second original series, Hemlock Grove, and can be seen in perpetual reruns on Law & Order: SVU, where he played TARU Tech Ruben Morales for 10 seasons. Currently he appears as the President of the Philippines, Datu Andrada, on Madam Secretary for CBS. Joel has performed in theatres all over the world, as both an avid classical theatre actor and as a developer of new work. He is an alumnus of Brown University and the Graduate Acting Program at NYU. For more info, please visit: This performance is dedicated in loving memory of my father Dr. Domingo J. de la Fuente, who, even now, continues to teach me the meaning of generosity.


JEANNE SAKATA (Playwright), an actress and playwright whose talents span across TV, film, voiceover and stage, recently delighted New York audiences as struggling but spunky “Mom” in the Off Broadway premiere of the brilliant new comedy Do You Feel Anger? at the Vineyard Theatre, as well as TV audiences in the recurring roles of genius scientist Lenore Shimamoto/Mayor Saito on the animated TV series Big Hero 6, based on the Disney smash hit movie, and three national commercials. Jeanne’s nationally acclaimed solo play Hold These Truths (2013 Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance; 2019 Theatre Bay Awards, Outstanding Production, Principal Performance and Direction) has had over twenty productions across the country, and will be produced in the 2019–20 season at San Diego Rep and People’s Light and Theatre, after sold-out and extended runs last year at Arena Stage and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. In April 2019, Hold These Truths will also be available internationally as a special audio recording, produced by L.A. Theatre Works. The play has also been produced in recent years at Pasadena Playhouse, ACT Seattle, Portland Center Stage, Guthrie Theater, PlayMakers’ Rep and Perseverance Theater. Hold These Truths premiered with the East West Players in Los Angeles, and then played Off Broadway with the Epic Theatre Ensemble. The play is now published by Ageloff Books and available on Amazon, and it is 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.

LISA ROTHE (Director) is a NYC-based freelance theatre director, coach and educator. Most recently, the production of Hold These Truths won three Theatre Bay Area Awards for the Tony Award-winning TheatreWorks, including Outstanding Direction. Lisa was also nominated for SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction in its NYC debut. Recent directing work: Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Irish Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Two River Theater, People’s Light and Playmakers Repertory Theatre. Future productions: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Fun Home at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Steel Magnolias at the Guthrie Theatre. Lisa is the Director of New Works at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, co-Artistic Director of The Actor’s Center in NYC, a recent co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop. She was also the Director of Global Exchange at The Lark for over five years, providing expanded opportunities for playwrights, aimed at advancing new work to production, both nationally and globally.

DANIEL KLUGER (Sound Designer) Broadway: Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma!, (new arrangements & orchestrations), revival of Marvin’s Room, world premiere of Significant Other. Off Broadway: premieres of I Was Most Alive With You, Animal, The Village Bike, Man From Nebraska, Tribes and Women or Nothing. Kluger has produced dozens of other scores for Off Broadway theatres including Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Atlantic, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre, as well as some of the country’s premier regional theaters: The Mark Taper Forum, The Ford’s Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre.

CAT TATE STARMER (Lighting Designer) Recent designs include They Promised Her the Moon (Old Globe), Frankenstein (Guthrie Theatre, LIT Design Award), Hold These Truths (Theatreworks: Silicon Valley, Guthrie Theatre, Playmakers Rep), The Winning Side (Epic Theatre Ensemble, off-broadway). Cat has designed for many NYC-based companies, including The Civilians, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Working Theatre and HERE. Architectural lighting projects include Plaza 33, a pedestrian plaza near Penn Station in NYC. She is currently a lecturer at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and Company Manager for the August Wilson Monologue Competition. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

MIKIKO SUZUKI MACADAMS (Scenic Designer) Her work has been seen Off Broadway at the Primary Stages, Working Theater, Epic Theater Ensemble, INTAR, EST and NAATCO. Regional: Guthrie, Arena Stage, Barkley Rep., the Old Globe, OSF, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep., Actors Theatre of Louisville, ACT, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera among others. International: Universal Studios Japan, Nissay Opera, Nikikai Opera, Aichi Triennale, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall and more. She also designed the US National Tour of Dirty Dancing. Upcoming includes: The Shed (Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise), Bay Street  & Pasadena Playhouse (Annie Get Your Gun), Guthrie (The Glass Menagerie). As an associate designer, Broadway credit includes My Fair Lady.

MARGARET E. WEEDON (Costume Designer) Credits: Georama, Comedy of Errors at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre (St. Louis Award for Outstanding Costume Design); Hannah and Martin, Einstein’s Gift and Widower’s Houses at Epic Theatre Ensemble; The Little Prince at Hang-a-Tale Productions; As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V, Henry IV, Macbeth, The Tempest and King Lear at Great River Shakespeare Festival; Driving Miss Daisy, Forever Plaid, Always…Patsy Cline and Around the World in 80 Days (World Premiere) at the Utah Shakespearean Festival; A Doll’s House at The Catholic University of America.

MARY K. BOTOSAN* (Production Stage Manager) 30+ years of production experience. Cleveland Play House, Berkshire Theatre Festival, San Jose Repertory, American Players, Williamstown, Aspen Opera, Lincoln Center Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, DreamWorks, Billy Crystal, Production Arts, PRG, Design & Production and Road Concierge. Co-Producer of the 2009–2013 Theatre World Awards, member of the League of Professional Theatrical Women and PSM of Hold These Truths at PlayMakers, ACT Seattle and The Guthrie. Additional work encompases live event, theatrical production, installations, corporate conferences and project management — including the Smithsonian Museum, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the 2018–19 Louis Vuitton exhibition in the American Stock Exchange and the upcoming Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now 2020 Festival in NYC.

Hold These Truths - 2019

Page to Stage

with Jeanne Sakata

Discover how Jeanne researched, wrote and developed her nationally acclaimed solo play about Gordon Hirabayashi.

Sunday, May 26

1 pm at the St. Germain Stage

Freedom from Fear

with Setsuko Winchester

Setsuko Winchester, an American of Japanese ethnicity, is a ceramic artist and journalist who created 120 yellow tea bowls and took them to all ten US concentration camps where 120,000 people of Japanese ethnicity were imprisoned during WWII. She seeks both to remind, and to warn, what may happen to freedom when fear rules the day.

Saturday, June 1

1 pm at the St. Germain Stage

Café Chat

Friday, May 31 after the 7:30pm performance