Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi
January 13 - January 15, 2011
A Midwest Premiere
Written by Jeanne Sakata
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky
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.