Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night Of HOLD THESE TRUTHS At The Sheen Center
Joel de la Fuente (Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle," "Hemlock Grove") made a triumphant return to the New York stage in his Drama Desk nominated role as Gordon Hirabayashi and 30 other characters in Jeanne Sakata's Hold These Truths, which opened on December 7 and is currently playing a limited run through December 20 at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street). Check out opening night photos below!
Following the matinee performances of Hold These Truths on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, Hang a Tale Theater Company will welcome a diverse panel of guests to discuss the history of forced Japanese internment during WWII and the parallels to our current time, when Muslims and other minorities are again fighting to preserve their civil liberties. Start time is approximately 3:30pm, and each discussion will last approximately 45-60 minutes. In order to attend the talkback events you must have purchased tickets to the matinee performance, immediately preceding the event.
Panelists for Saturday, 12/9 :
Jeanne Sakata (Actor of film, television and theater and writer of Hold These Truths), will be joined by Julie Azuma (President, Different Roads to Learning), Albert Fox Cahn (Legal Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations), and George Hirose (Co-President, JACL-NY).
Panelists for Sunday, 12/10:
Jeanne Sakata will be joined by David Okada (Co-President, JACL-NY) Allison Hiroto (NY Day of Remembrance Committee), and Hussein Rashid, PhD (academic, speaker educator, and founder of Islamicate L3C).
Remaining performances are scheduled for Saturday, 12/9 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 12/10 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Monday, 12/11 at 7:30pm; Friday, 12/15 at 7:30pm, Saturday, 12/16 at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 12/17 at 2pm & 7:30pm; 12/18 at 7:30pm, Tuesday, 12/19 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, 12/20 at 7:30pm. Tickets (20 seats at $29; 50 seats at $49; 10 seats at $59) are available for advance purchase at sheencenter.org/shows/holdthesetruths or by calling (212) 925-2812.
During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government's orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country's betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs---and a confrontation with its failures.
Hold These Truths is inspired by this true story from a little-known chapter of American history, when civil liberties were under attack, constitutional rights violated, and issues of race hotly debated by a divided country. Joel de la Fuente (Inspector Kido on Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle") stars as civil rights pioneer and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Gordon Hirabayashi.
Photo Credit: Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente at his opening night curtain call.
Glenn Fleshler, Joel de la Fuente, John Ellison Conlee
Jesse Liebman, Jeanne Sakata, Michael Wurl Larson