Humanizing Politics Through Performance
Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski
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, our team was able to shoot REMEMBER THIS, a narrative feature film version of the production that has been accepted to major film festivals and will premiere in 2021.
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.
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
Meet our Current Cohort of Lab Fellows!
This 18-month global residency program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, brings together exceptionally promising professionals (performers, producers, directors, writers, scholars, and activists) from around the world who embody the Lab’s mission of “harnessing the power of
performance to humanize global politics.”
Recently, members of the cohort wrote an article on “Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings” on the HowlRound website. They also have an ongoing “Lab Games” series featuring all the fellows!
Check out the full Lab Games playlist.
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