Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata

Good afternoon,

For those in our community who are ready to get back into activities where appropriate COVID precautions are being taken, I wanted to invite the SASF community to an upcoming production of a play about an icon of the Japanese American community, Gordon Hirabayashi, being produced by the local theatre company Capital Stage.

I recently joined the board of Capital Stage, a local theatre company committed to producing bold, thought-provoking theatre, to presenting plays that explore the experiences of the many diverse American cultures, and to diversifying its audience.

Cap Stage’s first production of the season is “Hold These Truths,” a one-man show about Gordon Hirabayashi’s defiance of the Japanese incarceration during WWI and his struggle to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US constitution. I saw a D.C. production of this show many years ago and was greatly moved by it. It is also a great way for younger generations of AAPIs to learn about an important chapter of the American AAPI experience in very visceral way.

Cap Stage is inviting the local AAPI community to a free sneak preview of “Hold These Truths” on Tuesday, August 24. As you will see from the description below, Cap Stage is taking all necessary COVID precautions to ensure audiences have a safe, as well as enjoyable, experience at the theatre. The hope is that AAPI community members who attend the production early will encourage their family, friends, and other community members to see this important play.

I would appreciate it if you would forward this invite to the SASF community for those who feel ready to attend community activities.. I hope to see you at the theatre!

Take good care,

-Kathryn Doi (mother of former member of the Lady Warlords, Tara Ohrtman)

About The Show

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. The production features Jomar Tagatec as Gordon, and is directed by Jeffrey Lo.

Date, Time, Location

Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Box office opens at 7:00 pm. The performance will start at 8:00 pm. The theatre is located at 2215 J Street.  Street parking is available or there is a paid parking lot across the street from the theatre. The performance run time is approximately 110 minutes. Please bring your proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test no older than 48 hours. You will not be admitted without these.

How to Get Your Free Tickets

Start by clicking on the link below: Buy: Hold These Truths - AAPI Community Night - Tuesday August 24, 2021 (force.com)

Once at the ticketing page you will see a diagram titled “Selected Section: All Seating”. Click on that diagram to select your seats. Note that there is a limit of 4 tickets per person. After clicking “Next” you will be taken to a checkout page. Note that all tickets will be at the box office for pickup (“Will Call”). There is no email ticket delivery at this time. Continue to click “Next” to continue your order. Donations are not required you and you may click through to the next page. Here, you will be asked for your contact information. This is required to complete your order. Note that you must click the box stating that you can provide proof of a COVID-19 Vaccination Record, or a Neg. Test Result (within 48 hours) when you arrive at the theatre. On the final checkout page click the “Submit” button. No payment is required.

COVID Saftey Protocols

We, at Capital Stage take the safety of our patrons, staff, artists, crew, and apprentices very seriously. Our safety policies and protocols are the following:

  • Masks will be required for all patrons and staff while inside the theatre, and lobby areas.
  • Proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 48 hours will be required of all patrons before entering the theatre.
  • Capital Stage artists, staff, crew, apprentices and employees are vaccinated.
  • No food or drinks will be permitted in the theatre or lobby areas. Concessions will be available, and food and drink consumption will be permitted on our patio.
  • We have upgraded our air filters and increased air flow in the theatre.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the theatre lobby areas.
  • The performer will not be masked.
  • All tickets will be held at Will Call for each performance.
  • No physical playbills will provided. Digital playbills will be available by QR code and website link.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to wait for performers at the “stage door” after the show.
  • The theatre, backstage and lobby areas will be sanitized after each performance.