Hold These Truths
October 1 – November 13, 2016
As the U.S. joins World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi agonizes over government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he fights to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Hirabayashi journeys toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs — and a confrontation with its failures. Inspired by the true story of University of Washington student, Gordon Hirabayashi. Ryun Yu, who played Hirabayashi at ACT Theatre in Seattle, reprises the role at The Armory.
Approximately 90 minutes; no intermission.
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Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains mature language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.
Post-show conversations following the matinee performances on Oct. 16, 23 and 30.
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Gather in the Ellyn Bye Studio lobby for food and harp music from Oregon Koto-Kai in a Happy Hour, Nov 10 6-7p.Learn More
Educators Resource Guide: Photographs in HistoryLearn More
Educator Resource- Timeline following the Japanese American StoryLearn More
"Gordon's story is a vitally important American one ... his tenacious quest for freedom echoes those of all who hunger and fight for justice ..."Learn More
Join us for this special pre-show event with conversations, music, hors d’ouevres and wine/beer. Oct 4, 6:30 pLearn More
Watch the documentary that inspired Hold These Truths and hear playwright Jeanne Sakata share her experiences researching and writing the play.Learn More