Jeanne Sakata is an American film, television and stage actress and playwright. She has been credited[by whom?] as not following the stereotypical norms in her playwriting and by taking roles that would normally be given to white performers.
Her appearances include supporting roles in episodes of Knots Landing, LA Law, Port Charles, Providence, Family Law, ER, Desperate Housewives and others. Her first appearance on the big screen was in 1992 in the erotic thriller Poison Ivy. In 2005, she appeared in a minor role as a field reporter in the action film XXX: State of the Union.
Sakata has performed in many stage productions, working often with East West Players (EWP) in Los Angeles. In 2002 she won the Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Play, for her performance in Chay Yew's Red, at EWP. In 2007, her first play, Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi premiered at EWP. The play was later retitled as Hold These Truths.
- Roxworthy, Emily (2008). "Dawn's Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi (review)". Theatre Journal. 60 (4): 661–664. doi:10.1353/tj.0.0119. ISSN 1086-332X.
- EWP awards history; EWP website
- Dawn's Light on EWP website
- Hold These Truths (formerly Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi), A/P/A Institute at NYU, 2012. Accessed online 2014-02-25.
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