Running time: 90 minutes (no intermission)

Joel de la Fuente stars in Jeanne Sakata's one man show, inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi. Gordon agonizes over U.S. 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.

Special dates to note:
Aug 1 - Special post-play panel with Stephen Sumida, Frank Abe, and Jeanne Sakata, presented in partnership with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Aug 2 - 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. Buy your ticket for the afternoon lecture here

Photo Credit: Lia Chang


HTT-JoeldelaFuenteJoel de la Fuente* (Gordon) Joel is thrilled to be performing Hold These Truths in Seattle. Prior productions of this play include stops at: The Epic Theater (New York Premiere, Drama Desk Nomination: Best Solo Performance); SoloNova Festival (New York); Honolulu Theater for Youth (Hawaii); Playmakers Rep (North Carolina); and Willamette University (Oregon). Joel can currently be seen on television playing Dr. Johann Pryce on the Netflix Original Series, Hemlock Grove and in perpetual re-runs on Law & Order: SVU, where, for ten seasons, he played TARU Tech Ruben Morales. | Facebook: | Twitter/Instagram: @joeldelafuente


HTT-LisaRotheLisa Rothe (Director) Lisa was nominated for SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for the NYC production of Hold These Truths. Recent: Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (People’s Light & Theatre Company); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Penelope by Ellen McLaughlin & composer Sarah Kirkland Snider (Playmakers Rep); Ada by composer Kim Sherman and librettist Margaret Vandenburg (Center for Contemporary Opera). Lisa is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, alum of the Drama League and Women’s Project Director’s Lab, a Fox Fellow, and the Director of Offsite Programs and Partnerships at Lark Play Development Center in NYC.

HTT-MaryBotosanMary K. Botosan* (Production, Stage, and Company Manager) Mary has worked with The Cleveland Play House, Berkshire Theatre Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, American Players Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lincoln Center Theatre,The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes, DreamWorks SKG, Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays on Broadway, Production Arts, Production Resource Group and Design & Production Inc. She is a founding partner of 2HB Productions, a member of the League of Professional Theatrical Women, and is Group Transportation Manager of Road Concierge Broadway. Recent theatrical projects include installations at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Currently, Mary splits her time between a NYC career in production and project management and a home in Costa Rica, where she and her husband are actively involved in private conservation and reforestation projects.

                            Cat Tate Starmer (Lighting Designer) Recent designs include Macbeth, Othello (Epic Theater Ensemble), Leave the Balcony Open (3LD), Homunculus: Reloaded (three NY Innovative Theater Awards), White People (Ensemble Studio Theater), This Beautiful City, The Great Immensity (The Civilians), The Chimes, Miss Celia Rose (SPF), Kingdom (NYMF: Most Promising New Musical), American Jornalero (Working Theater), Wickets (HERE Arts Center), Model (PS 122), Seven (World Premiere at 92nd St Y and Deauville, FR). Cat has been a guest lecturer and designer at Yale, Princeton, Brown, Barnard, and Bard College. She received two Lumen Awards and a SOURCE Award for her work with Focus Lighting, an architectural lighting firm. MFA, Yale School of Drama.


HTT-MikikoSuzukiMacAdamsMikiko Suzuki MacAdams (Scenic Designer) Recently, her work has been seen regionally at Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cornerstone Theater Company, Opera Theatre of St. Louis; NY (Off Broadway): NAATCO, INTAR Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Working Theatre, Internationally: Nikikai Opera, Niseei Theatre, and Aichi Triennale, among others. Upcoming productions include In the Next Room at Syracuse stage, Rigoletto at Biwako Hall, Japan, and as an associate set designer, King and I (LCT: Broadway). She is teaching at Rutgers University.

HTT-MargaretWeedonMargaret E. Weedon (Costume Designer) Credits: Comedy of Errors at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre (St. Louis Award for Outstanding Costume Design); Hannah and Martin, Einstein's Gift  and Widower's Houses at Epic Theatre Ensemble; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V, Macbeth, The Tempest  and King Lear at Great River Shakespeare Festival; Driving Miss Daisy, Forever Plaid, Always....Patsy Cline, and Around the World in 80 Days at the Utah Shakespearean Festival; Man of La Mancha at Union County Arts Center; Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival; The Doll's House at The Catholic University of America.

                            Daniel Kluger (Music & Sound Designer) NEW YORK: The Village Bike (MCC), Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons), The Few, Ode to Joy, The Correspondent, How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them, There Are No More Big Secrets (Rattlestick), Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company), Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center), Somewhere Fun, The North Pool (Vineyard), Tribes, Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre), House For Sale (Transport Group), A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’LL NEVER DO AGAIN…After David Foster Wallace (directed by Daniel Fish), The Common Pursuit (Roundabout), A Map of Virtue (13P), Uncle Vanya, Ivanov, Platonov, The Seagull (Brian Mertes, Lake Lucille)   REGIONAL:  The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, Pig Iron, The Arden Theatre Company, Two River Theatre Company, People's Light & TheatreTheatreWorks Silicon Valley, American Players Theatre.

HTT-JeanneSakataJeanne Sakata* (Playwright) Hold These Truths world premiere, East West Players, 2007, with UCLA Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Japanese American National Museum; also Silk Road Rising/Millennium Park. New York premiere, Epic Theatre Ensemble, 2012 (Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance); also Honolulu Theatre for Youth, PlayMakers Repertory Company. Jeanne has performed with the Public Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman, ACT, A.C.T. in San Francisco.  LA Ovation Award, Outstanding Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s Red at EWP; Jeanne Sakata Collection, Library of Congress Playwrights Archive.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Dig deeper with the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience:

Jun 7 | 3:00pm | 60 min
Dance performance of “Farewell Shikata Ga Nai” 
with Gabrielle Nomura 

Jul 19 | 4:00pm | 90 min | Read More
Book reading of The Cat Who Chose to Dream with Loriene Honda, Ph.D.
Author Loriene Honda Ph.D. reads and discusses her first children's book, The Cat Who Chose to Dream; the story of a cat's choice to be incarcerated in a World War II prison camp as a gesture of loving support to the Japanese American family to whom he belongs. Featuring beautiful artwork of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani. 

Jul 31–Aug 3
“Meet Me at Higo” (lobby exhibition on display at ACT)

Aug 16 | 4:00pm | 90 min | Read More
Film screening of Conscience and the Constitution with Frank Abe 
Wing Luke Museum and ACT Theatre present an on-site screening of Conscience and the Constitution by filmmaker Frank Abe. In WWII, a group of men refused to be drafted to protect their unjust incarceration in American concentration camps. To also connect the resistance efforts of the past to the activism of today, Kevin Owyang put together a short documentary for the In Struggle exhibit. Both filmmakers will be in attendance. This is a free, public event. 

Visit the links above or Wing Luke Museum website for more information:

Also happening in the community:

Jul 3–Oct 12 | Bellevue Arts Museum
"The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942 - 1946" showcases more than 120 artifacts made by Japanese Americans while incarcerated in camps during World War II. It explores the creativity and ingenuity of these internees, as well as the Japanese concept of gaman, "to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity." A dark, yet important chapter in American history, "The Art of Gaman" is a moving display of perseverance, resourcefulness, and the power of the human spirit. Visit the Bellevue Arts Museum website for more information: