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May 30 — June 25
Hold These Truths tells the inspirational true story of a civil rights hero who took his fight all the way to the Supreme Court. An exceptional evening of theatrical storytelling, Ryun Yu’s brilliant solo performance has captivated audiences and sold-out shows from coast-to-coast. Heartwarming and entertaining, don’t miss this powerful and moving story of Gordon Hirabayashi’s fight for freedom for all.

“Stunning! A brilliant portrayal of a genuine hero.”

-The Huffington Post

Written by Jeanne Sakata

Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

Performed in Association with East West Players

90 minutes
No Intermission

Tickets: $25+

Hold These Truths tells the inspirational true story of a civil rights hero who took his fight all the way to the Supreme Court. An exceptional evening of theatrical storytelling, Ryun Yu’s brilliant solo performance has captivated audiences and sold-out shows from coast-to-coast. Heartwarming and entertaining, don’t miss this powerful and moving story of Gordon Hirabayashi’s fight for freedom for all.

“Stunning! A brilliant portrayal of a genuine hero.”

-The Huffington Post

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PlayhouseTalks

Engage in lively dialogue with artists and renowned experts after every performance of Hold These Truths. PlayhouseTalks for Hold These Truths are made possible by a generous grant from the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

TUESDAY JUNE 13 | 8:00 P.M.

Mitch Maki, Ph.D., Go For Broke National Education Center President and CEO

WEDNESDAY JUNE 14 | 8:00 P.M.

Lane Hirabayashi, Ph.D. of UCLA – Religion & Resistance: Gordon’s Journey From Non-Church Christianity to the Friends

THURSDAY JUNE 15 | 8:00 P.M.

Snehal Desai, East West Play Artistic Director, and Hold These Truths playwright Jeanne Sakata, and director Jessica Kubzansky

FRIDAY JUNE 16 | 8:00 P.M.

Artists in Office featuring Danice Cabanela and Claudia de Vasco

SATURDAY JUNE 17 | 4:00 P.M.

Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre – featuring LA County Superior Court Judge Ernie Hiroshige, and San Fernando Valley Japanese American Citizens League member Mas Yamashita, moderated by Pasadena Playhouse Community Organizer Gerlie Collado

SATURDAY JUNE 17 | 8:00 P.M.

Glenn Isao Masuda, Ph.D. – Asian Pacific Family Center; Michi Okano, LCSW – Pacific Asian Counseling Services; Jeffery Scott Mio, Ph.D. – Cal Poly Pomona; Jeanie Takaki, LCSW – Pacific Asian Counseling Services; moderated by Michi Fu, Ph.D. – Alliant International University

SUNDAY JUNE 18 | 2:00 P.M.

Tokuji “Toke” Yoshihashi, World War II 100th Infantry Battalion veteran, Pauline Yoshihashi, and Mitch Maki, Ph.D., Go For Broke National Education Center President and CEO

SUNDAY JUNE 18 | 7:00 P.M.

City of Pasadena Councilmember Gene Masuda in conversation with Pasadena Playhouse Community Organizer Gerlie Collado

TUESDAY JUNE 20 | 8:00 P.M.

Mitch Maki, Ph.D., Go For Broke National Education Center President and CEO

WEDNESDAY JUNE 21 | 8:00 P.M.

Pastor Ken Fong

THURSDAY JUNE 22 | 8:00 P.M.

Wendy Fujihara Anderson and Phil Way, Orange Grove Friends Meeting

FRIDAY JUNE 23 | 8:00 p.m.

Alan and Joanne Kumamoto, Japanese American Civic Leaders, moderated by June Berk of Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition

SATURDAY JUNE 24 | 4:00 p.m.

Tuna Canyon Detention Center Coalition featuring Daniel Mayeda, East West Players board member and general counsel; interviewed by June Berk

SATURDAY JUNE 24 | 8:00 p.m.

Laura Felding, Ph.D.; George Gharibian, Ph.D.; Ericka Ramirez-Soliz, M.A.; Michael Ritz, Ph.D.; moderated by Michi Fu, Ph.D. – Alliant International University

SUNDAY JUNE 25 | 2:00 p.m.

Guy Aoki, Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) founder; Donatella Galella, Ph.D., UC Riverside Dept. of Theater, Film and Production; and Velina Hasu Houston, University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts, Distinguished Professor and Director of MFA in Dramatic Writing

SUNDAY JUNE 25 | 7:00 p.m.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Japanese American Bar Association, and the Italian American Lawyers Association

Schedule subject to change. Please check back for updates.

 

Cast

Ryun Yu (Gordon Hirabayashi)

The first theater graduate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yu brings the harrowing tale of American Hero Gordon Hirabayashi to life in Jeanne Sakata’s brilliantly written one-man show, dipping in and out of almost 40 characters throughout the 90-minute production. Originating the role of Gordon Hirabayashi at East West Players in 2007, Ryun has since performed it at Seattle’s ACT Theatre and the Portland Center Stage.

Ryun has twice collaborated with David Henry Hwang, in the lm adaptation of Hwang’s play Bondage, and starring as the fictional David Henry Hwang in the playwright’s Yellow Face (the 1st adaptation of a major theatrical play for YouTube). He also originated the lead role of Takeshi in the world premiere of Kimber Lee’s Tokyo Fish Story at South Coast Repertory.

Yu’s other theater credits include the West Coast premiere of Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out at the Geffen Playhouse, the world premiere of Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre; Art and the L.A. premiere of Julia Cho’s The Language Archive at East West Players. Ryun directed, and stars in the upcoming feature lm The Last Tour. TV appearances include “Fuller House,” “Castle,” and the upcoming “Animal Kingdom.”

Follow and get the latest from Ryun on twitter @RealRyunYu

 

 

 

Creative Team

Jessica Kubzansky (Director)

Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena and an award-winning director working nationally. Previously at the Pasadena Playhouse: Pygmalion and Mauritius. Kubzansky was privileged to develop and direct the world premiere of Hold These Truths with Jeanne Sakata and Ryun Yu at East/West Players, subsequently at Chicago’s Silk Road, Seattle’s ACT Theatre, and Portland Center Stage. Recently: Orange by Aditi Kapil (South Coast Rep), The Secret Garden (Main Street Theatre Co), Stupid Fucking Bird (ACT Theatre, Seattle), Luis Alfaro’s Mojada, a Medea in Los Angeles (Boston Court/The Getty Villa), RII, her own three-person Richard II (Boston Court), Macbeth (Antaeus), Hamlet with Leo Marks (Theater 150), etc. Kubzansky does a great deal of new work, recent: NY premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s Everything You Touch (Rattlestick at The Cherry Lane), the world premieres of Stefanie Zadravec’s Colony Collapse, EYT, Michael Elyanow’s The Children, Jordan Harrison’s Futura, Laura Schellhardt’s Courting Vampires, Salamone/ McIntyre’s Gulls, Mickey Birnbaum’s Bleed Rail, Carlos Murillo’s Un nished American Highwayscape #9&32, Jean-Claude Van Itallie’s Light, Cody Henderson’s Cold/Tender (The Theatre @ Boston Court). Kubzansky received the LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre. She is delighted to be back at the Pasadena Playhouse, where she previously directed both Pygmalion and Mauritius.

Jeanne Sakata (Playwright)

Jeanne is thrilled to be at the Pasadena Playhouse for the 10 year anniversary of Hold These Truths, which will also be produced in 2017- 18 at the Arena Stage in Washington DC, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and New Century Theatre in South Hadley. Premiering at the East West Players in 2007, Hold These Truths has since had numerous productions with the Epic Theatre Ensemble (2013 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance), Portland Center Stage, Seattle’s ACT Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Perseverance Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, People’s Light, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Daniel Dae Kim, co-producer), terraNOVA Collective, Silk Road Rising, Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, and Plays and Players.

As an actress, Jeanne has performed with The Public Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, ACT Theatre (Seattle), ACT (San Francisco), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, Portland Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, and Arizona Theatre Company. Screen credits include the internationally acclaimed indie lm Advantageous (US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision, 2015 Sundance Film Festival; 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award Nomination) and guest appearances on Big Hero 6, Bravo’s True Fiction, Dr. Ken, NCIS Los Angeles, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Desperate Housewives, Presidio Med, ER, Threat Matrix, Line of Fire, American Family, John Ridley’s I Got You, and Sex and Marriage, a Justin Lin YOMYOMF YouTube series. Special honors: LA Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Red at East West Players; Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theatre Community from Playwrights’ Arena; Outstanding Artist Award from LA Asian Paci c American Friends of Theatre; and the establishment of the Jeanne Sakata Collection in the Library of Congress Playwrights Archive, Asian American Pacific Islander Collection. jeannesakata.com, holdthesetruths.info.

Phil Gold (Production Stage Manager)

Alyssa Escalante (Assistant Stage Manager)

 

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Special Offer: Go For Broke

Show your Hold These Truths  ticket stub or program and receive free admission to the De ning Courage Exhibition at Go For Broke National Education Center. Offer expires Dec. 31, 2017.