Bob Fazzi: Praises New Century Theatre’s ‘Hold These Truths’

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Praises New Century Theatre’s ‘Hold These Truths’

There is an incredible one-act play being produced by New Century Theatre, “Hold These Truths,” through Aug. 5 at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley.

It is about the forced relocation of Japanese-Americans into internment camps through executive action by the president during World War II. “Hold These Truths” is inspired by the story of civil rights pioneer Gordon Hirabayashi, an American sociology student who fought against the violation of his family’s constitutional rights. His story is a 50-year journey of standing up for U.S. Constitution and confronting a culture of fear and prejudice.

This play is as much about what happened to American citizens of Japanese ancestry when we entered World War II as it is about what is happening in the U.S. today. The actor is Greg Watanabe and he was exceptional. He received an extended standing ovation at the end.

You will leave talking about the play and talking about what is happening in our country today. It provides the foundation for important reflections.

Bob Fazzi