Actor Ryun Yu stars in the upcoming production Hold These Truths at the Pasadena Playhouse.
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 rst 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.”
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