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Hold These Truths

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 7-23
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Oct. 7-16
7 p.m.
Oct. 23
1 p.m.
$9
Theater

While one presidential candidate proposes mass deportation and border walls, xenophobic policies are not new to American culture. This shameful legacy is exemplified by the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Gordon Hirabayashi was one such citizen facing the prospect of mandatory relocation. Hirabayashi’s resistance to the tyrannical decree and his subsequent 50 years advocating for civil rights reform is the basis for Hold These Truths, an inspiring one-man show. Under the direction of Lisa Rothe, Joel de la Fuente plays Hirabayashi, from his early awakening to social injustice, through his campaign of resistance and subsequent imprisonment, to his hard-won exoneration. Using interviews with Hirabayashi (as well as his writings), playwright Jeanne Sakata allows the subject to speak for himself, musing over both the perverse nature of racism and unexpected moments of empathy. Such encounters are brought to life by Fuente, who also portrays the people Hirabayashi meets on his journey, including a succession of authority figures. Through it all, Hirabayashi’s sweeping story resonates with his inspiring determination to realize the full measure of our nation’s founding ideals.