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With the current trend and issues about immigration in the United States today, it is essential that the message of holding on to one’s Constitutional rights as an American citizen — regardless of race or color — be defended.

This is clearly what “Hold These Truths” is about. Written by Jeanne Sakata, “Hold These Truths” is an inspiring true story following Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War II. It chronicles Hirabayashi’s journey from college in Seattle all the way to the Supreme Court.

Directed by Lisa Rothe, “Hold These Truths” shares the story of a young man who passionately defends his Constitutional rights against an unexpected adversary: his own country.

“Hold These Truths” will be making its Northern California debut via TheatreWorks Silicon Valley with Filipino-American actor Joel de la Fuente starring as Hirabayashi. In 2012, the play made its Off Broadway premiere at Epic Theatre Company, in which de la Fuente received a 2013 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.

This is not de la Fuente’s first foray in acting, though this makes his TheatreWorks debut as Hirabayashi. He has been seen in movies and on many TV shows such as “Madam Secretary,” “Hemlock Grove,” “Nurse J