The Armory

Hold These Truths

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October 1 – November 13, 2016

In the Ellyn Bye Studio

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.

Run Time:
Approximately 90 minutes; no intermission.

Who’s Who:
View the cast and creative team bios.

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Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains mature language. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.

Perspectives Series:
Post-show conversations following the matinee performances on Oct. 16, 23 and 30.

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Hold These Truths

Previews are Oct. 1-6 | Opening night Oct. 7
By Jeanne Sakata
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

Happy Hour with Koji Osakaya Restaurant & Oregon Koto-Kai

Gather in the Ellyn Bye Studio lobby for food and harp music from Oregon Koto-Kai in a Happy Hour, Nov 10 6-7p.

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Resource Guide for Educators: Photographs in History

Educators Resource Guide: Photographs in History

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Resource Guide For Educators: Further Resources

Educators: Further Resources on the History of the Play

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Resource Guide for Educators-Timeline of the Japanese American Story in WWII

Educator Resource- Timeline following the Japanese American Story

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Reviews of "Hold These Truths"

"Hold These Truths is what theater should be: instructive, entertaining, thought-provoking, eye-opening."

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"Hold These Truths": A Message from the Playwright

"Gordon's story is a vitally important American one ... his tenacious quest for freedom echoes those of all who hunger and fight for justice ..."

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"Hold These Truths" Cast and Creative Team

Hold These Truths features some of the artists who collaborated on the world premiere production of this powerful play.

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The New York Times Remembers Gordon Hirabayashi

“Surprisingly, even though I lost, I did not abandon my beliefs and my values,” he said. “It is an American case, with principles that affect the fundamental human rights of all Americans.”

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Happy Hour with Hold These Truths Playwright Jeanne Sakata

Join us for this special pre-show event with conversations, music, hors d’ouevres and wine/beer. Oct 4, 6:30 p

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The Armory Open House: Celebrating 10 Years!

It's our 10th birthday in The Armory and we're celebrating! Join us for live music, a special costume retrospective, backstage tours and more!

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"A Personal Matter" Screening with "Hold These Truths" playwright Jeanne Sakata

Watch the documentary that inspired Hold These Truths and hear playwright Jeanne Sakata share her experiences researching and writing the play.

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