In conjunction with Then They Came for Me, Alphawood Gallery offers a series of free public programming both on and off-site to encourage and expand conversations on related contemporary issues. Victory Gardens Theater and Alphawood partner to present two free play readings about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 through Thursday, August 3, 2017
Question 27, Question 28
By Chay Yew | Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:30pm
Question 27, Question 28 tells the story of the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans from the West Coast and its aftermath through the voices of a variety of Japanese American and non-Japanese American women. All of the play’s lines come from “interviews, transcripts, and testimonials” by women who lived through that experience. Among the many women whose words are used are Yuri Kochiyama, Monica Sone, Mary Tsukamoto, Yoshiko Uchida and many others, including some non-Japanese Americans such as teacher Eleanor Gerard Sekerak and Eleanor Roosevelt. The cast includes Kirsten Fitzgerald, Emily Kuroda, Jeanne Sakata, and Tamlyn Tomita. A special exhibition tour will take place at 6pm at Alphawood Gallery prior to the performance.
Hold These Truths
By Jeanne Sakata | Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:00pm at Alphawood Gallery
Playwright and actor Jeanne Sakata will perform and read from her play Hold These Truths, a biographical play about Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese American resistor. During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the U.S. 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 U.S. Constitution, Hirabayashi 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 performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists and directors of both Behind the Fence productions.
This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.
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