Humanizing Politics Through Performance
Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski
Shakespeare Theatre Company | Oct 6-17, 2021
The world premiere of Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, starring Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn in a virtuoso solo performance, held spellbound an audience of over 750 people, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and dignitaries and SFS alumni from around the world. Directed by The Lab’s own Derek Goldman, and co-written by Goldman and his former student Clark Young, the play tells the story of Jan Karski, the Polish World War II resistance-fighter, Holocaust witness, and late, beloved Georgetown Professor. The play began a world tour that was unfortunately interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Luckily, Emmy Award-winning documentary producer Eva Anisko fell in love with the project after seeing our London production. Through her superhuman efforts, a film version of the play is now in the works.
As we move into 2021, big plans are in store for the film, the theatrical production, and the our new Bearing Witness course and educational platform. Each of these three elements will combine to allow us to share Karski’s inspiring and relevant story of moral courage and the power of witness. Read more about Karski on the project page.
Welcome to the 2021-23 Global Lab Fellows!
All of us at the Lab are thrilled and proud to welcome the next cohort of the Global Fellows program!
We were deeply moved and inspired by an extraordinary pool of applicants from 38 countries, and it is a tremendous honor to bring together this courageous and visionary group of Fellows, all of whom have been making their work amidst intense challenges and upheaval.
Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this third cohort joins the continuing 2020-22 cohort whose fellowship runs through May 2022. Along with the Inaugural Fellows of 2019, the three cohorts of Global Fellows now comprise an increasingly impressive group from across the globe.
In Your Shoes: A Virtual Showcase
May 17, 5:30-7pm EDT
Join students, faculty, alumni, and staff for a free virtual performance and discussion, employing In Your Shoes™ acclaimed “Performing One Another” methodology for using performance to engage dialogue across difference. As recently highlighted in major features on PBS NewsHour and in The Washington Post, the evening will feature “After January 6th,” a series of pair performances between Georgetown students and alums and our partners at Patrick Henry College, a conservative Christian College in Virginia, performing one another’s personal responses to the January 6th events at the US Capitol.
In addition, the event will feature a series of intergenerational performances between our In Your Shoes™students/alums and diverse members of the Georgetown community, including performances by Prof. Tony Arend (Chair of the Government Department), Angela Jenkins (Administrative Coordinator, Department of Government), Fr. Gregory A. Schenden, SJ (Director of Campus Ministry) and Shiva Subbaraman (Emeritus, Executive Director LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center). A discussion among participants will follow.
Join us on Youtube to share in this thought-provoking event.
VERGE: A Student Arts and Politics Festival
VERGE will take place virtually May 8-9, 2021. Register at bit.ly/verge21
VERGE is a new student arts and politics festival, created through the first cohort of student lab fellows for other creative and engaged youth across the globe. This festival will bring together students interested in the intersection of politics and the arts, featuring discussions on specific topics in the field, live performances and films from our student fellows, and online pieces.
This festival will bring together youth interested in the intersection of politics and the arts, featuring conversations on specific topics in the field, live performances and films from our student fellows, and online pieces. Projects range from plays about immigration, gender, and teeth, films about Covid and climate. The collaborative conversations will center young voices in discussions of satire, accessibility, and censorship in the arts.
Read more about the different events at the event page.
Here I Am
“Our ancestors have waited patiently through centuries for us to come to the table of acknowledgement. Here I Am fulfills my desire to give voice to those families, including my own, and to our tenacity and strength as a people — to close the full circle where we began our American lives three centuries ago and where we are today.” –Mélisande Short-Colomb
Premiering Online in Conjunction with Emancipation Day the week of April 16, 2021
Preview: Tuesday, Apr 13 at 7:00pm EST
Thursday, Apr. 15 at 5:30 PM EST
Friday, Apr. 16 at 7:30 PM EST
Saturday, Apr. 17 at 3:00 PM EST
Mark your calendar and register for the Free online event at the Eventbrite: bit.ly/HereIAm21
Flash Acts premiered in October and is still live on the Flash Acts website.
This one of a kind virtual performance festival brought together twenty brilliant playwrights from the US and Russia, all creating ten-minute plays that explore the timely and resonant theme of isolation in ways that span the geopolitical, psychological, spiritual, and intimately personal. The resulting forty virtual productions offer audiences a feast of theatrical innovation – bold, tender, funny, and moving.
Read about the performance in this Washington Post article.
The Gathering from the CrossCurrents Festival Video Archive
“Tennessee Williams would have smiled at the poetry unfolding outside the National Building Museum on Monday night...The tour is here via [The Lab], which has the great goal of giving international creative voices a platform in this fractious capital city. That’s a timely mission, and plainly this is a troupe and a show worth hearing."
"That is why I think this effort that The Lab is doing today is so critical...the power of performance, the power of storytelling, and the power of narrative, are absolutely essential. In my mind, they are some of the only things that can actually have an influence on the political dialogue in this very, very peculiar moment in the politics of the United States and Europe.”
— Dean of GU’s School of Foreign Service Joel Hellman in his opening remarks at the 2016 TCG Global Pre-Conference, Finding Home: Migration, Exile, and Belonging, at Georgetown University
"The Lab brings policy experts, employees from the State Department and embassies, American and global theater practitioners, students, and community members that can speak firsthand to the experiences you're depicting on stage all in the same room-commenting and asking questions of your piece. There is no place besides The Lab that can create a conversation on a play like this. It was invaluable."
— Think Tank member Heather Raffo on The Lab’s role in developing Noura.
"Because ultimately when I dream forward, I see a world that fully utilizes the power of communal narrative to help re-humanize our families, our cities, our countries, and our world. But more importantly than that, theater ultimately re-humanizes the most powerful tool on the planet: the human heart."
— Lab Think Tank member Kwame Kwei-Armah’s US World Theatre Day address