BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20171118T000000Z DTEND:20171118T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Tickets for Hold These Truths Concert Dramatic Reading Benefitt ing SF JACL available at: <a href=" -these-truths/" target="_blank"> ese-truths/</a>\n \n Fresh from his Broadway debut in George Takei&rsquo\ ;s &ldquo\;Allegiance\,&rdquo\; Greg Watanabe will be returning to the Sa n Francisco Bay Area for a heartwarming and entertaining concert dramatic reading of Hold These Truths. Local performing arts fans will remember W atanabe from his performances with the comedy sketch group 18 Mighty Moun tain Warriors and with the Asian American Theater Company.\n \n The San F rancisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizen&rsquo\;s League has cho sen to present Jeanne Sakata&rsquo\;s Hold These Truths at this time beca use it brings to life the courageous actions of Gordon Hirabayashi who ch allenged the government&rsquo\;s orders to forcibly remove and mass incar cerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. Hirabayashi&rsq uo\;s case made it all the way to the Supreme Court where he was not succ essful but he was vindicated 44 years later and posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom.\n \n &ldquo\;When I discovered Gordon &rsquo\;s story in the late 1990&rsquo\;s &ndash\; so full of heartbreak\, but also his irrepressible humor and zest for life &ndash\; it was a li fe-changing experience\,&rdquo\; said playwright Jeanne Sakata. &ldquo\;I knew I had to try to bring his story to the American stage\, not just as an act of healing for myself\, my family and my community\, but also to i nspire and give hope to any American citizen who has been denied equal tr eatment under the law promised by our Constitution because of factors suc h as race\, gender\, sexual orientation\, and who must battle constantly to make those promises a living reality.&rdquo\;\n \n During World War II \, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fought the govern ment&rsquo\;s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people o f Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggled to reconcile his c ountry&rsquo\;s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constituti on\, Hirabayashi journeyed toward a greater understanding of America&rsqu o\;s triumphs &mdash\; and a confrontation with its failures. Hold These Truths was first produced in 2007 by East West Players in Los Angeles und er the title Dawn&rsquo\;s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi.\n \n The plot has a strong and timely message about civil rights\, the Consti tution\, and one man's battle against civil liberty violations. The eveni ng performance will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by SF-JA CL&rsquo\;s John Hayashi with Dale Minami\, Don Tamaki\, and Greg Watanabe . Generous support has been received by the California Civil Liberties P ublic Education Program and proceeds from the performances will benefit t he SF JACL&rsquo\;s Arts and Advocacy activism programs and anti-bullying education.\n \n TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION\n \n WHEN:\n Saturday\ , November 18th\n 2pm Matinee\n 7pm Evening Performance\n \n WHERE:\n Cowe ll Theater | Fort Mason Center for Arts &amp\; Culture\n 2 Marina Blvd\, S an Francisco\, CA 94123\n \n TO PURCHASE:\n 2pm:\n $25\n $20 for seniors\n \n 7pm:\n $50 General\n $100 VIP (reserved seating and acknowledgment in printed program)\n $40 Early Birds (before 11/1/17)\n $45 JACL Members\n P erformance followed by a panel discussion moderated by SF-JACL&rsquo\;s J ohn Hayashi with Dale Minami\, Don Tamaki\, and Greg Watanabe\, plus a po st-panel reception.\n \n For more info\, please email judy.hamaguchi@gmai\n \n Please Note:\n Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains mature language.\n The estimated run time is approximately 90 minutes with no int ermission\n \n 2pm performance invitation:\n ts/532593157108203/\n \n 7pm performance invitation:\n https://www.faceboo SUMMARY:Hold These Truths Concert Dramatic Reading Benefitting SF JACL URL:/en/events/2017/11/18/hold-these-truths-concert-dramatic-reading-benefi t/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR