During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs---and a confrontation with its failures.

In May 2012, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Gordon Hirabayashi the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

“The powerful and moving story of one man, who, in his own words, ‘could not give up on the Constitution.’”

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Formerly DAWN’S LIGHT:  The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi

A Solo Play by Jeanne Sakata

Photo: Ryun Yu by Michael Lamont