Joel de la Fuente-Led HOLD THESE TRUTHS Begins Tonight at The Sheen Center

Joel de la Fuente-Led HOLD THESE TRUTHS Begins Tonight at The Sheen Center

Performances of Hang A Tale Theater Company's special engagement of Jeanne Sakata's Hold These Truths, a solo play inspired by the life O. Gordon Hirabayashi, directed by Lisa Rothe (Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments at HERE), at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street) begin tonight, December 6, with opening night slated for Thursday, December 7.

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. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

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.

Hold These Truths originally received its New York Premiere with Epic Theatre Ensemble in 2012 and was nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

HANG A TALE is a New York City based, non-profit theater company. Jesse Liebman, Kim Martin-Cotten and Michael Wurl Larson have come together to create intimate, actor-driven productions for the Off-Broadway stage.

Our mission is to reexamine, reimagine and reinvigorate stories for the theater. We seek tales of universality, old and new, that transcend the limitations of time. We search for stories that inspire us and start conversations about our lives and the world around us. We do not to limit ourselves to any particular playwright or style. We embrace our diverse, dynamic surroundings and remain open to co-creation and inclusiveness. Visit www.hangatale.org for more information.

THE SHEEN CENTER FOR THOUGHT & CULTURE is a forum to showcase works highlighting the true, the good, and the beautiful. Located downtown on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a vibrant new arts organization that focuses on theater, music, film, and talk. A project of the Archdiocese of New York, the state-of-the-art complex encompasses the 270-seat Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition livestream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery. It was named after the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, best known for his popular, inspirational radio and TV ministry in the 1950s and 60s. Learn more at www.sheencenter.org.

Pictured: Actor Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang.

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