Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi / by R. Sheth

Written by Jeanne Sakata
The Midwest Premiere
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky


January 13 - January 15, 2011


Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage, Millennium Park, Chicago

Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi by Jeanne Sakata chronicles the true story of one Japanese American’s enduring fight for his constitutional rights. Gordon Hirabayashi was a happy-go-lucky twenty-four-year-old college student living in Seattle when Pearl Harbor was attacked in late 1941. The government’s decision to remove and imprison all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast – including American citizens without due process of law – turned Gordon, a Quaker, into a crusader. Dawn’s Light faithfully documents Gordon’s historic decision to heed his conscience and pursue his faith in the protections of the Constitution all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.



Ryun Yu* as Gordon Hirabayashi

*A member of Actor's Equity Association.


Production Team

Malik Gillani
Jamil Khoury

Jeanne Sakata

Jessica Kubzansky**

Stage Manager 
David A. Loranca*

Producer / Production Manager 
Jerry O’Boyle

Costume Designer 
Soojin Kim

Sound Designer 
John Zalewski

Production Assistant 
Matthew Karsten

**A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.