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By Jeanne Sakata | Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Hold These Truths on film

Due to legal restrictions, People's Light was required to remove access to the filmed version of Hold These Truths on May 10, 2020.

While we're disappointed that this beautiful production wasn't able to play for a live audience, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to share it digitally. Gordon Hirabayashi's incredible story deserves to be told, especially now. Thank you to everyone who purchased the password-protected streaming link. Your support helps us honor our financial commitments to this intrepid team of cast, crew, designers, and staff.


As a young University of Washington student and practicing Quaker, Gordon Hirabayashi struggles to reconcile his deep admiration for the U.S. Constitution with the government’s 1942 orders to forcibly remove and intern over 120,000 people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Gordon's remarkable resistance ultimately leads to the famous Supreme Court case Hirabayashi v. United States, and continues to resonate today as we encounter questions of national security, citizenship, and what it means to be an American. Steven Eng plays Gordon Hirabayashi (and 37 other characters!) in Jeanne Sakata's critically-acclaimed solo play.

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Read about the genesis of HOLD THESE TRUTHS, and why we chose to include it in our 45th Anniversary Season.
You'll want to read up on the impressive Steven Eng and the all-Asian design team (a first for this play!) that brought Gordon Hirabayashi's true story to the stage.
"Great leaps . . . are made up of a thousand smaller steps of individuals who simply and irrevocably decide to take a step in the right direction."
Hirabayashi took a stand more than 70 years ago – and left a strong legacy of civil rights activism that continues today.