Friday, December 1st is opening night for The Lyric Stage Company’s latest production, Hold These Truths, a 90-minute play based on the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American Sociologist and son of Japanese immigrants, who is best known for resisting internment during World War II.
Actor Michael Hisamoto plays Hirabayashi, a college student and a Quaker, whose hope and patriotism will leave you cheering. Hirabayashi’s story is told through flashbacks, taking the audience through his early life, challenging the curfew and exclusion orders in 1942. His storytelling is assisted by a trio of kurogo — traditional Japanese stage hands.
While Hirabayashi may have lost his case when he was alive, but Hirabayashi, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 by President Barack Obama. Paving the way to Hirabayashi’s ultimate victory. Full of theatricality and humanity, Hold These Truths celebrates resistance and offers startling parallels for contemporary politics.