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

Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS, a special theater reading by Joel de la Fuente at The Presidio on February 9

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

Last year, Joel de la Fuente performed to rave reviews in Jeanne Sakata award-winning solo show Hold These Truths at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. The production scooped up three 2018 Theatre Bay Area Awards last year including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction for Lisa Rothe and Outstanding Principal Performance for Joel de la Fuente.

Timothy Patterson, Jeanne Sakata and Jeffrey Lo.
Timothy Patterson, Jeanne Sakata and Jeffrey Lo show off the three 2018 Theatre Bay Area Awards for HOLD THESE TRUTHS.

The Drama Desk nominated actor is currently starring in Amazon’s hit show “The Man in the High Castle,”  and tonight, he will reprise his 30 + roles in free concert reading at the Presidio in San Francisco at 7pm.

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

The play tells the story of unsung American hero Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II, he refused to report to a detention center, launching a 50-year journey from college to courtroom and eventually a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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

Admission is FREE (suggested donation $10-$20 accepted at door) – but an RSVP is strongly encouraged, as they are expecting a full house. No one turned away for lack of funds. Click here to RSVP.

The performance is held in conjunction with “Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties”, a special multimedia exhibit featuring imagery by noted photographers commissioned by the U.S. government’s War Relocation Authority, including Dorthea Lange, Clem Alberts, along with photographers Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake and Paul Kitagaki, Jr. Open Wed-Sun, 10 am to 6 pm.

Getting to Then They Came for Me:
The PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle provides FREE roundtrip service to the Presidio. The shuttle picks up at the Transbay Terminal or Embarcadero BART.

The Presidio is located at Futures Without Violence, 100 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129 (If you are driving, be sure that your are driving to the Presidio (zip code 94129) not 100 Montgomery that is downtown. If you enter “Futures Without Violence” in any driving apps, it will take you directly to the exhibition).

Presented by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation in partnership with the National Japanese American Historical Society and J-Sei, the exhibition tells the story of the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese American citizens and legal residents from their homes on the West Coast during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled.

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Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and

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