In SF on Nov. 18: Gordon Hirabayashi Tells His Story

The San Francisco JACL is having a special event to benefit the Arts and Activist program. We have special permission from playwright Jeanne Sakata to bring this to San Francisco. It’s a unique opportunity to hear and see the story of Gordon Hirabayashi and his impact on civil rights performed by Bay Area actor Greg Watanabe, fresh from his Broadway debut in George Takei’s Allegiance.

Early Bird tickets are available only until November 6th:
Tickets available:


Hold These Truths
A Dramatic Concert Reading By Greg Watanabe

The San Francisco Japanese American Citizens League (SF JACL) presents Hold These Truths, a strong and timely message about civil rights, the Constitution, and one man’s battle against civil liberty violations. Written by playwright, Jeanne Sakata, the story of Gordon Hirabayashi, and his heroic challenge to injustice endures as a constant reminder of the desperate need for courage at times of national crisis.

University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fought the government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast during WWII. As he struggled to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Hirabayashi journeyed toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs.

“When I discovered Gordon’s story in the late 1990’s – so full of heartbreak, but also his irrepressible humor and zest for life – it was a life-changing experience,” said playwright Jeanne Sakata. “I knew I had to try to bring his story to the American stage, not just as an act of healing for myself, my family and my community, but also to inspire and give hope to any American citizen who has been denied equal treatment under the law promised by our Constitution because of factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and who must battle constantly to make those promises a living reality.” – Jeanne Sakata

Fresh from his Broadway debut in George Takei’s “Allegiance,” Greg Watanabe will be returning to the San Francisco Bay Area. Local performing arts fans will remember Watanabe from his performances with the comedy sketch group 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors and with the Asian American Theater Company.

Generous support has been received by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and proceeds from the performance will benefit the SF JACL’s Arts and Advocacy activism programs and anti-bullying education.

Fort Mason Arts and Culture, Cowell Theater
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 2:00 pm Matinee
$20 Seniors / $25 General

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 7:00 pm Evening Performance, Panel Discussion with Dale Minami, Don Tamaki & Greg Watanabe, and Reception to follow.
$40 Early Bird before November 6
$100 VIP Reserved seating
$45 JACL Member
$50 General

Early Bird tickets are available only until November 6th:
Tickets available:




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