Project Description


Starring Joel de la Fuente

Hold These Truths

By JEANNE SAKATA
Directed by LISA ROTHE

MAY 22-JUNE 8
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
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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

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.