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Jeanne Shoots SEX AND MARRIAGE Episode for Justin Lin's YOMYOMF YouTube Channel

Jeanne Shoots SEX AND MARRIAGE Episode for Justin Lin's YOMYOMF YouTube Channel

I had a terrific time shooting a guest star gig as Sarah, Suzy Nakamura’s fun and flirty mom, along with veteran actor Sab Shimono, who played dad Mike, in SEX AND MARRIAGE, a new comedy series for Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF YouTube channel.  Written by John Pollono, directed by Robin Larsen, and produced by Andrew Carlberg, the series will be...

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Pun Bandhu, Manu Narayan, Zak Berkman and More Special Guests at HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Pun Bandhu, Manu Narayan, Zak Berkman and More Special Guests at HOLD THESE TRUTHS

More special friends drop by to see Joel’s brilliant performance as Gordon Hirabayashi, including Stephen Park, Paul Juhn, Pun Bandhu, Manu Narayan, and Stacey Yen, all captured by Lia Chang’s camera.  Also thrilled to have in the audience Zak Berkman of People’s Light in Philadephia, & Ron Russell of the Epic, whose passion and commitment to HOLD THESE TRUTHS are the...

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NYU Asian Pacific American Institute Hosts HOLD THESE TRUTHS Talkback

NYU Asian Pacific American Institute Hosts HOLD THESE TRUTHS Talkback

Tonight we enjoyed an overflowing full house and NYU’s Asian Pacific American Institute’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS postshow panel, moderated by G.W. (Greg) Kimura, President/CEO of the Japanese American National Museum. I was delighted to join Kathryn Bannai, first lead attorney in Gordon Hirabayashi’s 1980’s court case, activist Suki Ports,...

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Jeanne is Guest Speaker at JAJA Meeting About Writing of HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Jeanne is Guest Speaker at JAJA Meeting About Writing of HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Good friends Julie Azuma and Tamio Spiegel invited me to speak tonight at a gathering of JAJA (Japanese Americans/Japanese in America) on the writing of HOLD THESE TRUTHS. Great fun, great food, great company, and being at Julie and Tamio’s always feels like home because of the beautiful potluck spread! Check out Nancy Matsumoto’s article on the evening.

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Neal Katyal, Former U.S. Solicitor General, Speaks of Gordon Hirabayashi and the Presidential Medal of Freedom at AALDEF HOLD THESE TRUTHS Performance

A very special guest tonight! Neal Katyal, former United States Solicitor General in President Obama’s Administration, attended HOLD THESE TRUTHS tonight, at a special theater party organized by New York’s AALDEF, or Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, headed by Executive Director Margaret Fung. Neal, who played a key role in President Obama posthumously awarding Gordon with the...

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Photos and Reviews of HOLD THESE TRUTHS Opening Night and New York Premiere, Compiled by Lia Chang.

For full coverage and reviews of our HOLD THESE TRUTHS Opening Night, be sure and check out Lia Chang’s article and her Opening Night photos.

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HOLD THESE TRUTHS Opening Night & New York Premiere at the Epic Theatre Ensemble

HOLD THESE TRUTHS Opening Night & New York Premiere at the Epic Theatre Ensemble

Tonight, a dream come true: our HOLD THESE TRUTHS Opening Night and New York premiere at the Epic Theatre Ensemble! And we’ve opened to rave reviews: THE NEW YORKER, calls Joel de la Fuente’s performance “stunning,” and THE WASHINGTON POST, writes of “Jeanne Sakata’s eloquent one-man drama…about a fascinating chapter in American history.” More from THE NEW YORKER: “One...

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Jeanne’s interview with Ann Chow of JETAANY on the writing of HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Jeanne’s interview with Ann Chow of JETAANY on the writing of HOLD THESE TRUTHS

Ann Chow interviews me about HOLD THESE TRUTHS for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association of New York. Ann, a delightful actress with whom I performed in THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA at NAATCO some years ago. When I ran into her at my CUNY TALK, she promptly proposed an interview to help spread word about the...

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Jeanne’s guest lecture for CUNY’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute Lecture Series

I had a great time as guest lecturer at CUNY’S Asian American/Asian Research Institute, sharing about what inspired me to write HOLD THESE TRUTHS, the research and interviews I used as primary source material, the challenges of writing the play and getting it produced, and its developmental progress since its world premiere in...

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HOLD THESE TRUTHS starts rehearsals for our New York premiere with the Epic Theatre Ensemble!

HOLD THESE TRUTHS starts rehearsals for our New York premiere with the Epic Theatre Ensemble!

Strange to be a whole continent away here in Los Angeles while my HOLD THESE TRUTHS team starts rehearsals with the Epic Theatre Ensemble for our New York premiere, but Joel de la Fuente was kind enough to snap a photo of “Team Hirabayashi NYC” for me! Our designers are...

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