"A Personal Matter" Screening with "Hold These Truths" playwright Jeanne Sakata
September 1, 2016
Sun, Oct 2 | 4 pm | FREE!
Actor and playwright Jeanne Sakata will share her experiences in researching and writing her solo play Hold These Truths, inspired by the World War II experiences of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese American college student who openly defied and legally challenged government orders to mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.
Sakata will speak about what inspired her to write the play, the research and interviews she used as her primary source material, the challenges in writing the play and getting it produced, and its developmental progress since its world premiere in 2007 at the East West Players in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo neighborhood. She will also screen the documentary film, A Personal Matter: Gordon Hirabayashi vs. The United States, from which she first learned of Gordon Hirabayashi's story.