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.



“I wish the current White House, along with young people throughout the nation, could be

compelled to attend HOLD THESE TRUTHS...the story of Gordon Hirabayashi reminds us that it is precisely when our bedrock vaues are hardest to defend that we must stand most firmly behind them.”
...Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, June 2017



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

...StageScene LA



“A play where one man’s singular story, so full of heart and heartbreak, can speak to the struggles of an entire nation.”

New York Theatre Review