Gordon Hirabayashi always knew he was different. When he was a young man in 1943, and Japanese-Americans were being moved into camps, Gordon chose to fight US Government action rather than obey an order he felt was unlawful. Taking his case twice to the supreme court, Gordon took a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs–and a confrontation with its failures. In May 2012, President 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.’”
- Actor Greg Watanabe will be leading post-show discussions the following Juneau performances:
- 11/17, 11/20, 11/23, 11/27, 12/1, 12/4
- In Juneau, PT is collaborating with The Gold Town Nickelodeon to offer a screening of The Empty Chair documentary, Tuesday, November 15, at 7 pm.
Actor Greg Watanabe plays Gordon Hirabayashi.
Greg recently made his Broadway debut in Allegiance and was recently seen in EXIT THE KING at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and A SINGLE SHARD at People’s Light
Greg’s theater credits include the world premiere productions of THE BALLAD OF YACHIYO (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Public Theater-New York) , BUTCHER’S BURDEN (Asian American Theater Company), THE SUMMER MOON (A Contemporary Theater, South Coast Repertory Theatre), 10,000 YEARS (written and produced by John Ridley), NO-NO BOY (adapted by Ken Narasaki), THE HAPPY ONES (South Coast Rep, L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Featured Performance) and EXTRAORDINARY CHAMBERS (The Geffen Playhouse, Ovation nomination for Best Featured Actor).
Greg also appeared as ‘DHH’ in YELLOW FACE at Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company (San Diego Theater Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play).
Other appearances include GOLDEN CHILD at the Signature Theater in New York, EXTRAORDINARY CHAMBERS at Mo’olelo (San Diego Theater Critics Circle nomination for Best Ensemble), MAPLE AND VINE at Cygnet Theatre, and MILVOTCHKEE, VISCONSIN at Mo’olelo.
His film and television credits include Madam Secretary, Aquarius, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, Only The Brave, Americanese, and Life Tastes Good.
Greg is member of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors. The documentary about them, ‘Mighty Warriors of Comedy’ won a Northern California Emmy.