HOLD THESE TRUTHS and Ryun Yu Return to the Pacific Northwest at Portland Center Stage at the Armory

HOLD THESE TRUTHS and Ryun Yu Return to the Pacific Northwest at Portland Center Stage at the Armory
Ryun Yu in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at Portland Center Stage. (Photo by Patrick Weishempel)

Ryun Yu in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at Portland Center Stage. (Photo by Patrick Weishempel)

Friends, HOLD THESE TRUTHS has returned to the Pacific Northwest, now landing in Portland in its gorgeous fall season!  Thanks to Artistic Director Chris Coleman, and the amazing Portland Center Stage staff for the warmest of welcomes, and to my dear Jessica Kubzansky and Ryun Yu for bringing their brilliance back to the Pacific Northwest after winning raves last year in ACT Seattle’s 50th Anniversary Mainstage Season, along with our fabulous creative team of Ben Zamora, scenic and lighting design; John Zalewski, sound design; Soojin Lee, costumes; Stage Manager Kelsey Daye Lutz, Rehearsal Stage Manager Alyssa Escalante, and Production Assistant Kristen Mun. 

We will be playing in Portland in the Ellen Bye Studio Theater from October 1st to November 15th.  Get your tickets now for HOLD THESE TRUTHS at the PCS website.  And check out our reviews below!

PORTLAND CENTER STAGE REVIEWS
A Gripping Story 

“As part of Portland Center Stage’s new Northwest Stories series, Hold These Truths is what theater should be: instructive, entertaining, thought-provoking, eye-opening.” -The Oregonian

A Fascinating Real-Life Tale

“In his bravura ninety-minute performance, Yu presents a striking portrait of an unlikely hero and the people who helped him or fought with him along the way … he brings an everyday human appeal to the momentous issues at stake: one of the play’s successes is that it so aptly reveals how large cultural ideas are formed by, and have an effect on, flesh-and-blood people.”-Oregon ArtsWatch

Required Viewing
“Sakata’s writing is lively, warm and engaging, and sweetly and surprisingly funny … For anyone paying attention to politics, this play is an emotional experience. We can’t flinch from stories like these because they help light our path.” -EDGE Media

Before You Vote, See Hold These Truths
“For us in the Pacific Northwest, all of this took place practically in our backyard.  Hirabayashi lived in Seattle.  His family was interned at the Puyallup fairgrounds — that means just a few weeks ago, we all rode roller coasters at the same site where nearly 7,500 Japanese Americans were imprisoned.  BroadwayWorld.Com

A Wonderful, Engaging Presence

“It made me think about Hard Things. What power there is when a human being can give up comforts, care, and approval because of who he is, because of his own, unwavering belief in what is right.” -Kindling

Eye-Opening
“One of the things I love most about art – and perhaps theatre in particular – is its ability to distill otherwise complex subjects into personal stories … “Hold These Truths” is a brisk and energetic show, Hirabayashi is an ever-engaging charismatic character” -The Crippled Critic

Terrific Versatility
“Sakata tells a powerful and complicated story of this man well … Kubzansky has kept the set simple with only three chairs, allowing the actor’s talent, the author’s words and the audience’s imagination to fill in the blanks.” -Dennis Sparks

Director Jessica Kubzansky and actor Ryun Yu also directed and starred in productions of Hold These Truths in both Seattle and Los Angeles. Here are some of the review highlights from those productions:

Entertains and Educates
“This one-man show stunningly shines a light on a shameful chapter of Northwest (and national) history … At its heart, Hold These Truths is an excellent exploration of being a patriot precisely when it’s most unpopular.” -Seattle Weekly

A Brilliant Portrayal of a Genuine Hero

“A simple yet stunning one-man show inspired by and based on the life and heroism of Gordon Hirabayashi … Hirabayashi’s heroic stand against the United States government and the prevailing sentiment of fear and prejudice is brilliantly portrayed by Ryun Yu” -The Huffington Post

Tour De Force
“At a moment in our history when American justice and perhaps even our sense of national purpose have eroded from the government’s response to an outside threat … this thoughtful new one-actor play by Jeanne Sakata tells the true story of a Japanese American college student in Seattle who refused to become the Other … Ryun Yu plays Hirabayashi at various ages — as well as every other person Hirabayashi remembers — a fine-grained tour de force.” -Los Angeles Times

 

Ryun Yu in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at Portland Center Stage. (Photo by Patrick Weishempel)

Ryun Yu in HOLD THESE TRUTHS at Portland Center Stage. (Photo by Patrick Weishempel)

 

 

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