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    "body": "<html><body><div id=\"databox-Plays\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Name:Hold These Truths;\nFirstDate:2007-11-01;\nFinalDate:;\nLocation:East West Players, Los Angeles;\nWriter:Jeanne Sakata;\nDirector:Jessica Kubzanksy;\nProducer:;\nCreative:;\nTechnical:;\nCharacters:;\nWebsite:<a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.holdthesetruths.info/Site/Welcome.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.holdthesetruths.info/Site/Welcome.html</a>;\nPlaybillLink:;\nIBDBID:;\nIODBID:;\nTheatricaliaID:;\nPublisher:;\nPubDate:;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:plays;\nTitle:Hold These Truths;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:;\nTheme:;\nGenre:;\nPoV:;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:;\nChronology:;\nFacility:;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<p>One-person play by Jeanne Sakata centering on <a href=\"/wiki/Gordon_Hirabayashi\" title=\"Gordon Hirabayashi\">Gordon Hirabayashi</a>'s challenge of World War II measures against Japanese Americans. Debuting at East West Players in Los Angeles in 2007 under the title <i>Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi</i>, the ninety-minute play enjoyed a second major production in New York in 2012 as <i>Hold These Truths</i>.\n</p><p>Los Angeles based playwright Sakata was a successful actress both on stage and in movies and television when she saw the 1992 documentary film <i><a href=\"/wiki/A_Personal_Matter:_Gordon_Hirabayashi_vs._the_United_States_(film)\" title=\"A Personal Matter: Gordon Hirabayashi vs. the United States (film)\">A Personal Matter:  Gordon Hirabayashi vs. the United States</a></i> on public television, inspiring her to write her first play about Hirabayshi. (There had been an earlier play about Hirabayashi, Rick Shiomi's <i><a href=\"/wiki/Point_of_Order:_Hirabayashi_V._U.S._(play)\" title=\"Point of Order: Hirabayashi V. U.S. (play)\">Point of Order: Hirabayashi V. U.S.</a></i>) Finding herself in Seattle for an acting job, she took the opportunity to do research at the University of Washington where she read some of his wartime correspondence and other contemporaneous material on his case, and she later interviewed Hirabayashi and some of his friends. As she told Ann Chow, Hirabayashi, \"sort of took me under his wing and treated me like one of his students, encouraging me to read the works of experienced playwrights and consult them, recommending research I might benefit from, even urging me to invent conversations and details when he couldn’t remember them!\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup> She continued to work on the play for a decade. After one her acclaimed performance as Master Hua in Chan Yew's play <i>Red</i> at East West Players in 2002, a performance for which Sakata won an LA Ovation Award for Best Lead Actress, she was commissioned in 2003 to finish the Hirabayashi play by Chan Yew, who was head of Los Angeles' Asian Theater Workshop at the Center Theater Group.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-2\"><a href=\"#cite_note-2\">[2]</a></sup> She further developed the play at the Mark Taper Forum Writers' Workshop.\n</p><p><i>Hold These Truths</i> features a single actor who plays Hirabayashi. Beginning with an older Hirabayashi looking back, we then meet the younger Hirabayashi, who takes us though his early life and his challenge of the curfew and <a href=\"/wiki/Civilian_exclusion_orders\" title=\"Civilian exclusion orders\">exclusion orders</a> in 1942. In telling the story, the actor portrays Hirabayashi, as well as his parents, college friends, lawyers, military leaders, Supreme Court justices, Hopi Indians he meets in prison, and the Arizona prison boss who can't figure out who he is and why he has hitchhiked down the coast for his own imprisonment.\n</p><p>Under its original title, <i>Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi</i>, Sakata's play premiered at East West Players in November 2007, directed by Jessica Kubzansky and starring Ryun Yu as Hirabayashi. A shorter version of the play toured Los Angeles schools as part of the East West Players Youth Theater Tour in January 2008, starring Marty Yu, and in February 2010, featuring Blake Kushi. The Epic Theatre Ensemble mounted the second major production of the play—now titled <i>Hold These Truths</i>—at New York's 14th Street YMCA Theatre, debuting on October 21, 2012. Lisa Rothe directed this production and Joel de la Fuente starred. De la Fuente's close friend and former classmate Daniel Dae Kim, one of the stars of the 2000s version of the TV show <i>Hawaii Five-0</i>, saw the show in New York and was inspired to bring the Epic Theatre Ensemble production to Honolulu, where it debuted at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth on February 21, 2013.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_3-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-3\">[3]</a></sup> This version of the play also had a short run at the ACT Allen Theatre in Seattle in 2014; the success of that run led to a mainstage production at the ACT directed by Kubzansky and starring Yu in the summer of 2015. In addition to these main engagements, various versions of the play have been performed at colleges, Days of Remembrance, benefits, and other events.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesDisplay\">\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Related_Articles\">Related Articles</span></h2>\n<p>\n</p>\n<div id=\"RelatedArticlesSectionDisplay\">\n<h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"\"></span></h3>\n<p>\n</p>\n<ul><li> <a href=\"/wiki/Plays_on_incarceration\" title=\"Plays on incarceration\">Plays on incarceration</a></li></ul>\n</div>\n</div>\n<br/>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p><i>Hold These Truths</i> official site. <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.holdthesetruths.info/Site/Welcome.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.holdthesetruths.info/Site/Welcome.html</a>.\n</p><p>Chow, Ann. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://jetwit.com/wordpress/2012/10/13/jq-magazine-jqa-with-playwright-jeanne-sakata-on-hold-these-truths/\" rel=\"nofollow\">JQ&amp;A with Playwright Jeanne Sakata on 'Hold These Truths.'</a>\" <i>JETwit.com</i>. October 13, 2012.\n</p><p><i><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://archive.eastwestplayers.org/about_us/production_history/dawnslight.htm\" rel=\"nofollow\">Dawn's Light</a></i> at East West Players website.\n</p><p><i><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.acttheatre.org/tickets/onstage/holdthesetruths\" rel=\"nofollow\">Hold These Truths</a></i> at ACT website.\n</p><p><i><a class=\"external text\" href=\"https://www.facebook.com/HoldTheseTruths\" rel=\"nofollow\">Hold These Truths</a></i> Facebook page.\n</p><p>\"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaW3Rd6aBfQ\" rel=\"nofollow\">Hold These Truths: The Gordon Hirabayashi Case</a>.\" Speech by Jeanne Sakata at the Asian American/Asian Research Institute, City University of New York, Sept. 28, 2012.\n</p><p>Ishizuka, LiAnn. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.uschina.usc.edu/[email protected]?the_light_of_defiance_10022.aspx\" rel=\"nofollow\">The Light of Defiance</a>.\" <i>Asia Pacific Arts</i>, November 2, 2007.\n</p><p>Ohata, Laura. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.nwasianweekly.com/2014/07/sakatas-play-gordon-hirabayashi-hold-truths/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Sakata's Play About Gordon Hirabayashi, 'Hold These Truths.'</a>\" <i>Northwest Asian Weekly</i>, July 18, 2014.\n</p><p>Jeanne Sakata website. <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.jeannesakata.com\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.jeannesakata.com</a>.\n</p><p>Sakata, Jeanne. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2007/11/8/journey-of-dawns-light/\" rel=\"nofollow\">The Journey of Dawn's Light: Telling the Story of Gordon Hirabayashi</a>.\" Discover Nikkei website, November 8, 2007.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h2>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"East_West_Players_.28Los_Angeles.29\">East West Players (Los Angeles)</span></h3>\n<p>Kennicott, Leigh. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/story_of_a_fighter/5370/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Story of a Fighter</a>.\" <i>Pasadena Weekly</i>, Nov. 22, 2007.\n</p><p>Roxworthy, Emily. Review of <i>Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi.\" </i>Theatre Journal<i> 60.4 (Dec. 2008): 661–64.</i>\n</p><p>\"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.theatertimes.org/November2007a.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">Say Can You See</a>.\" theatertimes.org., November 2007.\n</p><p>Segal, Lewis. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://articles.latimes.com/2007/nov/09/entertainment/et-dawn9\" rel=\"nofollow\">One Man's Losing Battle Against Racism</a>.\" <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, Nov. 9, 2007.\n</p><p>Stanley, Steven. <a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.stagescenela.com/2007/11/dawns-light-the-journey-of-gordon-hirabayashi/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Review of <i>Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi</i></a>. Stage Scene LA, November 7, 2007.\n</p>\n<h3><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Epic_Theatre_Ensemble_.28New_York.2C_Honolulu.2C_and_Seattle.29\">Epic Theatre Ensemble (New York, Honolulu, and Seattle)</span></h3>\n<p>Berger, John. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.honolulupulse.com/2013/02/review-hold-these-truths-hty/\" rel=\"nofollow\">Review: 'Truths' A One-Man Tour de Force</a>.\" <i>Honolulu Star-Advertiser Pulse</i>, Feb. 23, 2013.\n</p><p>Berson, Misha. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://seattletimes.com/html/thearts/2024217488_holdthesetruthsreviewxml.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">'Hold These Truths': Absorbing Account of Civil Disobedience</a>.\" <i>Seattle Times</i>, Aug. 1, 2014.\n</p><p>Hamaker, Susan Miyagi. \"<a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2012/10/23/hold-these-truths-the-nail-that-sticks-up-becomes-a-civil-rights-hero/\" rel=\"nofollow\">'Hold These Truths'—The Nail That Sticks Up Becomes a Civil Rights Hero</a>.\" JapanCulture NYC, October 23, 2012.\n</p><p><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://newyorktheatrereview.blogspot.com/2013/06/julia-hochner-on-jeanne-sakatas-hold.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">Hochner, Julia</a>. <i>New York Theatre Review</i>, June 6, 2013.\n</p><p>Santilli, Peter. <i><a class=\"external text\" href=\"http://bigstory.ap.org/article/review-hirabayashi-remembered-eloquent-play\" rel=\"nofollow\">Review: Hirabayashi Remembered in Eloquent Play</a>.</i> AP: The Big Story, Oct. 22, 2012.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Ann Chow, \"JQ&amp;A with Playwright Jeanne Sakata on 'Hold These Truths,'\" <i>JETwit.com</i>, October 13, 2012, accessed on December 9, 2013 at <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://jetwit.com/wordpress/2012/10/13/jq-magazine-jqa-with-playwright-jeanne-sakata-on-hold-these-truths/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://jetwit.com/wordpress/2012/10/13/jq-magazine-jqa-with-playwright-jeanne-sakata-on-hold-these-truths/</a>.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-2\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Emily Roxworthy, Review of <i>Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi,\" </i>Theatre Journal<i> 60.4 (Dec. 2008): 661–64.</i></span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-3\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_3-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Diane Lee, \" Daniel Dae Kim brings 'Hold These Truths' to Honolulu,\" <i>Honolulu Magazine</i>, February 2013, accessed on December 9, 2013 at <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/February-2013/Daniel-Dae-Kim/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/February-2013/Daniel-Dae-Kim/</a>. According to columnist Guy Aoki, Kim brought the producers of <i>Hawaii Five-0</i> to the show, and they were subsequently inspired to produce an episode of the show built around the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans that aired on December 13, 2013. Guy Aoki, \"Into the Next Stage: An Important 'Hawaii Five-0' episode to Support,\" <i>Rafu Shimpo</i>, Dec. 5, 2013, accessed on December, 2013 at <a class=\"external free\" href=\"http://www.rafu.com/2013/12/into-the-next-stage-an-important-hawaii-five-o-episode-to-support/\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.rafu.com/2013/12/into-the-next-stage-an-important-hawaii-five-o-episode-to-support/</a>.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.108 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.119 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 350/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2221/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 3148/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 269/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2647-0!*!0!!*!*!* and timestamp 20170310131109 and revision id 23768\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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