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Jeanne Gives Talk at ACT Seattle:  How I Got HOLD THESE TRUTHS From Page to Stage

Jeanne Gives Talk at ACT Seattle: How I Got HOLD THESE TRUTHS From Page to Stage

Seattle friends, I would LOVE for you to join us on Saturday, August 2nd, at 2:00 pm for a talk I will be giving: HOLD THESE TRUTHS: FROM PAGE TO STAGE.  It’s been a 17-year long journey to write this play and “bring it home to Seattle,” and during this hour I’ll be sharing about all the blood, sweat...

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HOLD THESE TRUTHS Coming Home to Seattle at ACT Theatre, July 31st to August 3rd, sponsored by the Tateuchi Foundation

HOLD THESE TRUTHS Coming Home to Seattle at ACT Theatre, July 31st to August 3rd, sponsored by the Tateuchi Foundation

It only took 17 years!  HOLD THESE TRUTHS is finally “coming home” to Seattle, where Gordon Hirabayashi was a student at the University of Washington when he made the life-changing decision to challenge US government orders to forcibly remove all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast and imprison them behind barbed wire.  Warmest and deepest gratitude to...

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HOLD THESE TRUTHS Heads South to North Carolina's Playmakers' Rep, April 23-27

HOLD THESE TRUTHS Heads South to North Carolina's Playmakers' Rep, April 23-27

My husband Tim and I are rolling though spring green hills and valleys, spiky dry trees blossoming, from Washington DC through the Shenandoah Valley to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to the Blue Ridge Parkway to folksy Asheville to the Great Smoky Mountains in Cherokeeville and then over to Chapel Hill, North Carolina — all because Joseph Haj and Jeffrey Meanza,...

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Jeanne Workshops Prince Gomolvilas’ New Play THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL, February 24, at La Jolla Playhouse in DNA New Works Series

Jeanne Workshops Prince Gomolvilas’ New Play THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL, February 24, at La Jolla Playhouse in DNA New Works Series

Wheeeeee!  This was a fun one folks!  One of the best comedy roles I’ve ever had was in Prince Gomolvilas’ BIG HUNK O’ BURNIN’ LOVE many years ago at East West Players.  That was when Chay Yew was just beginning to direct!  So it was with great excitement that I said a big YES to workshopping his new play...

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Jeanne returns to THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB: HOW TOMI GOT HER GROOVE BACK at East West Players

Jeanne returns to THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB: HOW TOMI GOT HER GROOVE BACK at East West Players

Almost a decade ago, my East West Players friends Emily Kuroda, Takayo Fischer, and June Kyoko Lu and I did this zany play based on Japanese American Nisei widows in Gardena, California who had lost their husbands and formed support groups where they could socialize, have fun and help each other readjust to single life.  To our surprise, the...

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Jeanne Guest Stars in SEX AND MARRIAGE, New Comedy on Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF YouTube Channel

Jeanne Guest Stars in SEX AND MARRIAGE, New Comedy on Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF YouTube Channel

So delighted to guest star soon with Sab Shimono playing Suzy Nakamura’s fun-loving and frisky folks on SEX AND MARRIAGE, a new comedy on Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF YouTube Channel created by John Pollono and Robin Larsen, produced by Andrew Carlberg, and starring Suzy and John.  The 6-part series will premiere tomorrow on Tuesday, September 10th, and will show another...

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HOLD THESE TRUTHS in OUR AMERICAN VOICE, Part of Japanese American National Museum & Smithsonian Museum's I WANT THE WIDE AMERICAN EARTH Exhibit

HOLD THESE TRUTHS in OUR AMERICAN VOICE, Part of Japanese American National Museum & Smithsonian Museum's I WANT THE WIDE AMERICAN EARTH Exhibit

Proud to announce that a speech from HOLD THESE TRUTHS will be included in OUR AMERICAN VOICE, a two-person show performed by Traci Kato-Kiriyama and Johnny Kwon, directed by Jennifer Chang, and created by East West Players and the Japanese American National Museum for JANM’s new exhibit I WANT THE WIDE AMERICAN EARTH, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian...

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Jeanne Workshops Robert Allan Ackerman's New Play "BLOOD" at the Geffen Playhouse

Jeanne Workshops Robert Allan Ackerman's New Play "BLOOD" at the Geffen Playhouse

  I had the welcome opportunity this week to workshop a new play this week at the Geffen Playhouse, Robert Allan Ackerman’s BLOOD, based on a true story about an HIV-tainted blood scandal in 1980’s Japan and which involved the Ministry of Health and Welfare as well as American drug companies.  A shocking story, and a sobering one, but...

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Jeanne workshops JIehae Park's HANNAH & THE DREAD GAZEBO at the 2013 Ojai Playwrights Conference

Jeanne workshops JIehae Park's HANNAH & THE DREAD GAZEBO at the 2013 Ojai Playwrights Conference

Such a great time up at the 2013 Ojai Playwrights Conferencel! It’s been two years since I was up there, and I was thrilled to return to workshop HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO, a new play by the gifted Jiehae Park, directed by the lovely May Adrales.  Jiehae has written a play that is hilarious, whimsical, dark, dangerous and...

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Joel, Jeanne & HOLD THESE TRUTHS at the 2013 Drama Desk Awards

Joel, Jeanne & HOLD THESE TRUTHS at the 2013 Drama Desk Awards

Yup.  It was Cinderella Night all right.  At least that’s how it felt, looking around and seeing so many theater stars and artists that have inspired me for years — Cicely Tyson, Bill Irwin and David Shiner, and so many more.  And tonight, many of them nominees for a coveted Drama Desk Award. And among them this year:  our...

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