Hold These Truths


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Joel de la Fuente
Jeanne Sakata
Lisa Rothe
Randall K Lum
Mikiko Suzuki Macadams
Cat Tate Starmer
Margaret E. Weedon
Robert Kelley
Phil Santora



JOEL DE LA FUENTE (Gordon Hirabayashi) is thrilled to be making his TheatreWorks debut. Recent theatrical credits include Hold These Truths (Epic Theatre Ensemble, NYC, Drama Desk nomination; Guthrie Theater; PlayMakers Repertory Company, NC; ACT Seattle; Honolulu Theatre for Youth, HI); The Comedy of Errors and The Three Sisters at Chautauqua Theater Company; and a number for the National Asian American Theatre Company. Recent television includes The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Studios), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), and the upcoming Manifest (NBC). Training: BA, Brown University; MFA, NYU. More info: joeldelafuente.com For my father.


JEANNE SAKATA (Playwright) was last seen at TheatreWorks in Calligraphy. Hold These Truths (2013 Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance) has been produced with Arena Stage; Hang A Tale; Lyric Stage Company; Pasadena Playhouse; Guthrie Theater; Portland Center Stage; Perseverance Theatre; ACT Seattle; PlayMakers Repertory Company; and Epic Theatre Ensemble, after originating at LA’s East West Players. Ms. Sakata has performed at The Public Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, People’s Light, Northlight Theatre, Intiman Theatre, ACT Seattle, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Portland Center Stage. TV/Film includes: Big Hero 6, the internationally-acclaimed indie film Advantageous, and Dr. Ken. Special honors: LA Ovation Award, Outstanding Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s Red; Lee Melville Award, Outstanding Contribution to LA Theater Community, Playwrights’ Arena; Outstanding Artist Award, LA Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre. jeannesakata.com, holdthesetruths.info


LISA ROTHE (Director) directed the 2016 TheatreWorks production of Confederates by Suzanne Bradbeer (nominated for 8 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards). Recent productions include Sooner/Later at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Hold These Truths at the Sheen Center in NYC and the Guthrie Theater. Ms. Rothe was nominated for SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction for Hold These Truths, and has directed for People’s Light, Two River Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and Epic Theatre Ensemble. She has directed at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, Yale School of Drama, and The Juilliard School. She is co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a co-Artistic Director of The Actors Center, and for over five years was the Director of Global Exchange at The Lark. She received her MFA in Acting from NYU.


RANDALL K. LUM (Stage Manager) has stage managed TheatreWorks’ Finks, Skeleton Crew, Around the World in 80 Days, The Prince of Egypt, Constellations, Rags, Outside Mullingar, Confederates, The Velocity of Autumn, Jane Austen’s EMMA, The Country House, Fallen Angels, The Lake Effect, Peter and the Starcatcher, Time Stands Still, Other Desert Cities, Once on This Island, and Little Women. Other credits include five years at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, and 18 seasons and over 90 productions as Resident Stage Manager at South Coast Repertory (Wit, Intimate Apparel, Three Days of Rain, Blue Door, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Kimberly Akimbo).


MIKIKO SUZUKI MACADAMS (Scenic Design) has designed for shows off-Broadway, including Epic Theatre Ensemble, INTAR Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Working Theater, and the National Asian American Theatre Company. Regional: Cleveland Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cornerstone Theater Company, Intiman Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, among others. National Tours: Dirty Dancing and South Pacific. Internationally: Umeda Arts Theater, Aichi Triennale, Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, Nikikai Opera, and more. She is the Associate Scenic Designer for the current Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady Upcoming productions include The Rape of Lucretia (Boston Lyric Opera), Little Women (off-Broadway with Primary Stages), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Guthrie Theater), The Heiress (Arena Stage), and a new musical, Tow Okuni (Meijiza, Tokyo).


CAT TATE STARMER (Lighting Design) designed Hold These Truths (Guthrie Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company, ACT Seattle), The Winning Side (Epic Theatre Ensemble), Homunculus: Reloaded (3 NY Innovative Theatre Awards), This Beautiful City, The Great Immensity (The Civilians), White People (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Chimes, Miss Celia Rose (SPF), Himself and Nora, Kingdom (NYMF: Most Promising New Musical), American Jornalero (Working Theater), Wickets (HERE), Model (PS 122), and Seven (World Premiere at 92nd St. Y). She has been a guest lecturer and designer at Rutgers, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Barnard, and Bard College. Most recent architectural designs include Plaza 33 (pedestrian plaza, NYC) and Rock Sugar (restaurant, LA). She is the recipient of two Lumen Awards and a SOURCE Award (with Focus Lighting). MFA, Yale School of Drama.


MARGARET E. WEEDON (Costume Design) designed Georama and The Comedy of Errors for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (St. Louis Award for Outstanding Costume Design); Hannah and Martin, Einstein’s Gift, and Widowers’ Houses at Epic Theatre Ensemble; Hold These Truths at the Guthrie Theater and PlayMakers Repertory Company; The Little Prince at Hang A Tale; Driving Miss Daisy, Forever Plaid, Always…Patsy Cline, and Around the World in 80 Days (World Premiere) at the Utah Shakespeare Festival; Man of La Mancha at Union County Arts Center; Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival; A Doll’s House at Catholic University of America. As Resident Designer at Great River Shakespeare Festival, she designed As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V, Henry IV, Macbeth, The Tempest, and King Lear.


ROBERT KELLEY (Artistic Director) is a Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate. He founded TheatreWorks in 1970 and has directed over 175 TheatreWorks productions, including many world and regional premieres. He has received the Silicon Valley Arts Council’s Legacy Laureate Award; the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award and Jerry Friedman Award for Lifetime Achievement; BATCC Awards for Outstanding Direction for The Hound of the Baskervilles; Into the Woods; Pacific Overtures; Rags; Sweeney Todd; Another Midsummer Night; Sunday in the Park with George; Jane Eyre; and Caroline, or Change; and Back Stage West Garland Awards for his direction of Side Show and Sunday in the Park with George. He recently directed The Bridges of Madison County, Around the World in 80 Days, Constellations, Rags, Daddy Long Legs (Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, 2017), Outside Mullingar, Cyrano, and Jane Austen’s EMMA.


PHIL SANTORA (Executive Director) joined TheatreWorks in 2007. He has served as Managing Director of Northlight Theatre (Chicago) and Georgia Shakespeare Festival (Atlanta), as well as Development Director for Great Lakes Theatre Festival (Cleveland) and George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick). He holds an MFA in Theatre Administration from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in Drama from Duke University. He has served as Vice President of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Board. Prior board service also includes the League of Chicago Theatres, Atlanta Coalition of Theatres, and the executive committee of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). He was named 2000’s Best Arts Administrator by Atlanta Magazine and received the Atlanta Arts and Business Council’s 1998 ABBY Award for Arts Administrator.