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

Written by Jeanne Sakata
The Midwest Premiere
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

Dates

January 13 - January 15, 2011

Venue

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.

 

Cast

Ryun Yu* as Gordon Hirabayashi

*A member of Actor's Equity Association.

 

Production Team

Producers
Malik Gillani
Jamil Khoury

Playwright
Jeanne Sakata

Director 
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.