I had an opportunity to work with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis as part of their show, Hold These Truth.
It was written by Jeanne Sakata. The story went as during World War II in Seattle, as the U.S. government forcibly relocated all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast into internment camps, 24-year-old college student Gordon Hirabayashi defied the exclusion order and was subsequently convicted and sentenced to prison. As he struggled to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Gordon began a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs – and a confrontation with its failures. See this national hero’s powerful story on stage in a tour-de-force performance by stage and screen actor Joel de la Fuente.
The show was superb. Joel was a really good actor. I almost cried during the show.
Part of Level 9 series at Gutherie, I performed a Japanese Tea Ceremony for the Guthrie's director and Jeanne on the first night and second night for Joel and an audience (pictures below). As if, we were forced to relocate, we would not be able to carry much. So, Chabako Tamae (procedure) would be appropriate for this particular event. Chabako means a box. My chabako is about a size of a shoe box. It contains all tea equipment necessary to make a cup of tea. All I needed would be just hot water.
*Unfortunately, I could not take any picture from the stage on the first night due to union agreement.
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