Coming to Washington, D.C. - One Show Only!

Sat, Nov 11 @ 4pm - The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theatre

Celebrate True American Heroes on Veterans Day!

Powerful Storytelling  |  Stunning Cinematography  |  Live Music & Choir  |  Unforgettable!

*This presentation is not a Kennedy Center production.

Coming to Washington, D.C. - One Show Only!

Sat, Nov 11 @ 4pm - The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theatre

Celebrate True American Heroes on Veterans Day!

  • Powerful Storytelling
  • Stunning Cinematography
  • Live Music & Choir
  • Unforgettable!

*This presentation is not a Kennedy Center production.

Thanks for an Incredible 2023!

From Los Angeles to Honolulu to San Jose to Washington D.C., over 10,000 people experienced the show and learned about the Nisei soldiers’ remarkable legacy. Your continued support helps keep this important story alive. More shows are coming in 2024! Please sign up below to receive updates.

To an unforgettable 2024!

About Defining Courage

Defining Courage is a journey into the legacy of the Nisei Soldier, Americans of Japanese ancestry who served in the segregated military units of the 100th IB, 442nd RCT, MIS, and 522nd FAB. Considered the greatest fighting units in American military history, most have never heard their extraordinary stories.

Join Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Jeff MacIntyre and ABC7-Los Angeles News Anchor David Ono, as they immerse you into the tragic, yet uplifting world of these heroes who fought prejudice at home and the enemy abroad.

You’ll fly over World War II battlefields in Italy, France, Japan, and Germany, in an unforgettable live Docu-Theatre Experience that includes: Stunning Cinematography, Live Music & Choir, Historic Film and Eyewitness Interviews.

SEE, HEAR, and EXPERIENCE their incredible heroics through this piece of innovative storytelling. Far from a history lesson, it is a testament to inner strength, one that inspires us in our search for courage in today’s world.

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Reviews

Knew very little of the story going in. Blew me away with the artistry, craft and storytelling. I was stunned by the live elements such as the vocalists and instrumentation, and how seamlessly it was integrated with the edited footage AND the soundbites of the documentary and narration. Much deserved standing ovation at the end…not a dry eye in sight. Thank you for creating and sharing this important work!

Chris L.

So grateful to have been able to see the show last night! I’m bummed it was just 1 night because I know so many that would’ve loved to see it! It was so incredibly well done and moving. The description didn’t do it justice at all because none of us realized what an amazing experience it would be! Thank you so much for creating it! Would love to share the experience with many relatives and friends!

Karen F.

The films, photos and stories blew me away and brought me to tears. David Ono’s personal dedication and passion were evident and made such an impact. Overall, it was fantastic and I thank you for putting it together and all that went into bringing it to Orange County. I learned so much and most of all, now have an incredibly deeper appreciation for the Nisei soldiers who fought and died for our country.

Susie D.

Thank you for creating and performing Defining Courage. It was magnificent in highlighting these significant stories in history. I was moved to tears…It exceeded expectations and was well worth the three hour drive to see it. I will remember it the rest of my life.

Lois Y.

The story witnessed in Defining Courage is one that sits forever in your soul.

Kim Godwin-President, ABC News

This was an impressive, impactful and untold narrative presented in such a creative way. The journalism and historical perspective was beyond expectation. We all enjoyed this show. A must see for all.

Sharon O.

The Team

David Ono

David Ono

Host, Producer

David Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Since joining ABC7 in 1996, David has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti’s earthquake and Japan’s tsunami. He traveled across Europe and Asia chronicling brave acts of the Nisei soldier from World War II. He has won 10 Edward R. Murrow awards and 26 Emmy Awards.
Jeff MacIntyre

Jeff MacIntyre

Director, Producer

51 countries. 24 Emmy Awards. Countless stories. For 30+ years, creating content to bridge the gap between truth & change has been Jeff’s mission. Producer, Director, CEO, Journalist, Educator, Cinematographer and Video Editor…what a wild ride!
Chris Wade

Chris Wade

Music Director

Chris has been involved in the Entertainment, Music Industry and the Theatrical Production business since he was a young boy. From age 10-16, Chris sang with the All-American Boys Chorus in Southern California. Since, he’s created and composed music for numerous choirs of his own. He’s also been the Music Director of Hair and other large-scale musicals.
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Live Choir

The Team

David Ono

David Ono

Host, Producer

David Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Since joining ABC7 in 1996, David has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti’s earthquake and Japan’s tsunami. He traveled across Europe and Asia chronicling brave acts of the Nisei soldier from World War II. He has won 10 Edward R. Murrow awards and 26 Emmy Awards.
Jeff MacIntyre

Jeff MacIntyre

Director, Producer

51 countries. 24 Emmy Awards. Countless stories. For 30+ years, creating content to bridge the gap between truth & change has been Jeff’s mission. Producer, Director, CEO, Journalist, Educator, Cinematographer and Video Editor…what a wild ride!
Chris Wade

Chris Wade

Music Director

Chris has been involved in the Entertainment, Music Industry and the Theatrical Production business since he was a young boy. From age 10-16, Chris sang with the All-American Boys Chorus in Southern California. Since, he’s created and composed music for numerous choirs of his own. He’s also been the Music Director of Hair and other large-scale musicals.
Defining Courage Show-Raise Choir

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Live Choir

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