BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20150426T000000Z DTEND:20150426T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong>REVIEWS:\n </strong> &quot\;Actor Blake Kushi\, who app ears in the HOLD THESE TRUTHS\, is not yet a household name\, but he deser ves to become one. In this production\, he plays each character from the h eart - especially the protagonist. His versatility enables him to perform multiple characters who speak in Japanese and English and whose voices\, a ccents\, and facial expressions differ from each other's. The result is a brilliant performance.&quot\; -- <strong></strong>\n\n&qu ot\;Carrying a show alone that&rsquo\;s nearly two hours long is not easy\ , especially when the show deals with such heavy duty issues. Thankfully\, both Jeanne Sakata&rsquo\;s writing and Blake Kushi&rsquo\;s performance are excellent. The script has many upbeat&mdash\;and some downright funny& mdash\;moments. Kushi has a great stage presence\, and is very likable\, w hich this role requires. Throughout the play\, Kushi also portrays Hirabay ashi&rsquo\;s father\, mother\, college friends and lawyer\, as well as se veral other characters\, all with great skill.&quot\; -- <strong>Coachella Valley Independent</strong>\n\nLIMITED ENGAGEMENT:&nbsp\; Wednesday\, Apr il 15 &ndash\; Sunday\, May 3\, 2015\n <strong></strong>\n<strong>HOLD THE SE TRUTHS\n The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi\n </strong> A solo play by < strong>Jeanne Sakata\n </strong>\n\nstarring <strong>Blake Kushi\n </stron g>\n<em>Hold These Truths</em> is based on the true story of Gordon Hiraba yashi\, an American sociologist best known for his principled resistance t o the Japanese-American internment during WWII.&nbsp\; Jeanne Sakata&rsquo \;s script was inspired by hours of interviews with Mr. Hirabyashi and sev eral of his friends from the 1940s.\n\n&ldquo\;Gordon Hirabayashi should b e a household name\, like Rosa Parks\,&rdquo\; said CVRep Artistic Directo r\, Ron Celona.&nbsp\; &ldquo\;When I saw <em>Hold These Truths</em> sever al years ago\, I knew this was a story that must be told\, and that I woul d one day bring it to the Coachella Valley.&nbsp\; It was the inspiration for this season&rsquo\;s theme of 'The American Melting Pot\,'&rdquo\; Cel ona explains.\n\nIn May 2012\, Gordon Hirabayashi was posthumously awarded our nation&rsquo\;s highest civilian honor\, The Presiential Medal of Fre edom.\n\nShow times are <strong>7:30 p.m.\, Wednesday through Saturday\, < /strong> with matinees at <strong>2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.</stron g>\n<strong></strong>\n<em>For more information and to purchase tickets\, visit the Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre's home page at:</em> &nbsp\; <span style="color: #0066cc\;"><span style="color: #0066cc\;"><span style= "color: #0066cc\;"><span style="color: #0066cc\;"><a href="http://cvrep.or g/"></a> DTSTAMP:20240723T113108Z SUMMARY:PLAY: Hold These Truths - The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi\, plus "Meet the Playwright" URL:/en/events/2015/04/26/play-hold-these-truths-the-journey-of-gordon-hi/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR