Hold These Truths


Reeling from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and driven by fear and prejudice, America placed its own citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. A play for our times, Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants who defied an unjust court order to uphold the values on which America was founded. Filled with hope and buoyed by unquenchable patriotism, Hirabayashi’s unflinching defiance will leave you cheering the strength of the individual and his dedication to his own unalienable rights. “Surprisingly humorous and openhearted.” (Seattle Times)

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
90 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$50 - $90

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 02/23/2018 - 04/08/2018
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Important Dates
Performer Role
Ryun Yu Gordon Hirabayashi
Production Personnel
Jeanne Sakata
Jessica Kubzansky
Costume Designer
Cierra Coan
Set Designer
Ben Zamora
Sound Designer
John Zalewski
Lighting Designer
Ben Zamora


Arena Stage - The Kogod Cradle
1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle is a unique, oval-shaped 200-seat theater with flexible seating and the latest technical capabilities. This theater is designed to cradle the risk and innovation required of first, second and third productions of new and developing plays.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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