Capital Stage Presents A Co-Production with SF Playhouse of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS Starring Jomar Tagatac through Sept. 26

Jomar Tagatac as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Jessica Palopoli

Capital Stage has opened its doors to patrons for the first time with a Co-Production with SF Playhouse called HOLD THESE TRUTHS by Jeanne Sakata. Capital Stage’s first production of the 2021-2022 Season is live and in-person, as well as available on demand through September 26, 2021. Jeffrey Lo returns to Capital Stage after directing VIETGONE, and our Virtual Performances Production of THE GREAT LEAP. Tickets are on sale now at, or by calling the Box Office at 916-995-5464. Capital Stage Theatre is located at 2215 J Street, Sacramento CA 95816.

Jeanne Sakata, Jomar Tagatac, Jeffrey Lo. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata, Jomar Tagatac, Jeffrey Lo. Photo by Lia Chang

During World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi, a student at University of Washington in Seattle, 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.

Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeanne Sakata’s celebrated solo play HOLD THESE TRUTHS (2013 Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance; 2019 Theatre Bay Awards, Outstanding Production, Principal Performance and Direction) won accolades in 2019 at San Diego Rep and Barrington Stage (encore run by audience demand) after extended 2018 runs at Arena Stage and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and sold-out shows with the Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, ACT Seattle, and PlayMakers Rep. HOLD THESE TRUTHS was recently aired on TV in Philadelphia’s local PBS station, WHYY TV, in a filmed performance produced by People’s Light and Theatre., and is available internationally as a radio play, produced by L.A. Theatre Works. The play, winning rave reviews from The New Yorker, New York Times, and other AP critics, has also been produced in recent years at Perseverance Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Daniel Dae Kim, co-producer), Terra Nova Collective, Silk Road Rising, Coachella Valley Rep, Plays and Players, and New Century Theatre. Premiering with the East West Players in Los Angeles, and then Off-Broadway with the Epic Theatre Ensemble, the play was workshopped by the Lark Play Development Center and the New York Theatre Workshop, and is inspired by the true story of Japanese American civil rights giant Gordon Hirabayashi, to whom President Obama posthumously awarded in 2012 a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. HOLD THESE TRUTHS, now published by Ageloff Books and available on Amazon, is also on display at the Library of Congress Playwrights Archive in the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection in Washington DC, where the Jeanne Sakata Collection was established in July 2011. Jeanne’s latest work, FOR US ALL, a radio play commissioned by LA Theatre Works and inspired by the 1980’s coram nobis legal battle of Fred Korematsu, will be broadcast on radio in 2021.

Jeffrey Lo. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeffrey Lo (He/Him/His) is a Filipino-American playwright and director based in the Bay Area. He is the recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, the Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley and Theatre Bay Area Director’s TITAN Award. Selected directing credits include THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE and THE SANTALAND DIARIES at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, VIETGONE at Capital Stage, A DOLL’S HOUSE, Part 2 and EURYDICE at Palo Alto Players (TBA Awards finalist for Best Direction), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and NOISES OFF at Hillbarn Theatre, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, THE CRUCIBLE and YELLOW FACE at Los Altos Stage Company and UNCLE VANYA at the Pear Theatre (BATCC award for Best Production). As a playwright, his plays have been produced and workshopped at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, The BindleStiff Studio, City Lights Theatre Company and Custom Made Theatre Company. His play WRITING FRAGMENTS HOME was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwright’s Conference and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Jeffrey has also worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Asian American International Film Festival, San Jose Repertory and is a company member of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company and SF Playground. In addition to his work in theatre he works as an educator and advocate for issues of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and has served as a grant panelist for the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Silicon Valley Creates and Theatre Bay Area. He is the Director Community Partnerships and Casting Director at the Tony Award Winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, a graduate of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute and a proud alumnus of the UC Irvine Drama Department. For more visit

Jomar Tagatac. Photo by Lia Chang
Jomar Tagatac. Photo by Lia Chang

Jomar Tagatac* Jomar was last seen at Capital Stage in VIETGONE. Recently he appeared at San Francisco Playhouse as Mark in ART, and DJ Loki in TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY (Theater Mu). At A.C.T. he was seen as Mr. Botard in RHINOCEROS and Bob Cratchit in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Other credits include Playwright and others in VIETGONE, Fortinbras in HAMLET, George in LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Theatreworks), Actor 1 in KING OF THE YEES (San Francisco Playhouse); THE WAR OF THE ROSES, MACBETH, EVERYBODY, AS YOU LIKE IT (CalShakes), THE HAPPY ONES, and DOGEATERS (Magic Theatre). Jomar is a recipient of a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Principle Actor in a Play, and TBA Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role. He earned an MFA from A.C.T. (he/him/his)

PERFORMANCE TIMES: Wednesdays at 7pm Thursdays at 7pm Fridays at 8pm Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm Sundays at 2pm PERFORMANCE LENGTH: 110 minutes, no intermission BOX OFFICE: Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Phone: 916-995-5464 Email: Website: TICKETS: $25 – $49

What the critics are saying: 
“A stellar performance by Jomar Tagatac… a marvelously nuanced portrait displaying both the vulnerability of a man challenged by a great injustice and the strength of perseverance and determination to challenge a system and right a great wrong…Tagatac and Director Jeffery Lo work their magic supported by excellent lighting by Heather Kenyon, sound by Teddy Hulsker and scenic design by Christopher Fitzer.”
“The great Bay Area-based Jomar Tagatac…plays the man with sweet depth and comic turns as he encounters, picaresque-like, a broad swath of humanity across the vast spectrum of WWII-era America. It’s a moving masterclass of live, in-person performance with teeth made sharp by its relevance today. But as important as its relevance is its elegance. Director Jeffrey Lo uses a spare stage with simple projected graphics to support Tagatac as he takes us on a lifetime journey from boy to man to American icon. A single suitcase serves both literal and figurative purposes throughout the play, most pointedly as to examine the possessions one must part with versus those one must keep to in order to survive the emotional and economic violence of being dispossessed.”
“Sensitively directed by Jeffrey Lo and performed by the sublimely talented Jomar Tagatac, it couldn’t be a better production. “
“While SF Playhouse’s safety precautions are impressive, they pale in comparison to the production on stage. A stellar performance by Jomar Tagatac, Teddy Hulsker’s powerful video and Christopher Fitzer’s versatile set combine for a powerful look at past systemic racism in American culture. Director Jeffrey Lo deftly directs Tagatac.”

Capital Stage Staff
Producing Artistic Director: Michael Stevenson
Production & Company Manager: Katie Cannon
Stage Manager: Melissa Jernigan*
Scenic & Costume Designer: Christopher Fitzer
Lighting Designer: Michael Palumbo
Sound & Projections Designer: Teddy Hulsker
Projections Engineer: Ed Lee
Sound Engineer: Mari Carson
Props Coordinator: Rebekah Fegan
Production Assistant: Cecilia Castillo Juarez

SF Playhouse Staff
Executive Producers: Betty & Cliff Nakamoto
Artistic Director: Bill English
Producing Director: Susi Damilano
Scenic & Costume Designer: Christopher Fitzer
Lighting Designer: Heather Kenyon
Sound & Projections Designer: Teddy Hulsker
Video Editor: Wolfgang Lancelot Wachalovsky
Stage Manager: Sarah Marie Selig*
Production Assistant: Ada May
Dialect Coach: Janel Miley
Japanese Dialect & Pronunciation Coach: Yuto Shinagawa
Cultural Consultant: Cliff Nakamoto

*Member Actors’ Equity Association

HOLD THESE TRUTHS was first produced in 2007 by East West Players in Los Angeles, California, under the title of DAWN’S LIGHT: THE JOURNEY OF GORDON HIRABAYASHI. It was commissioned in 2004 by Chay Yew, former director of the Center Theatre Group’s Asian Theatre Workshop, and further developed with Lark Play Development Center, the New York Theatre Workshop, and the Epic Theatre Ensemble. HOLD THESE TRUTHS received its New York premiere at the Epic Theatre Ensemble in October 2021.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker 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. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. 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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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