My Report to the World: The Story of Jan Karski

A Workshop Staged Reading of a New Play by Clark Young and Derek Goldman
Featuring Academy-Award® Nominated Actor David Strathairn as Jan Karski
Directed by Derek Goldman

Starring Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln), My Report to the World recounts the astonishing and largely unknown story of Polish World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski.

Karski’s determination to report on the extermination of Jews in his native Poland led him on a dangerous mission to alert America and Great Britain about the horrors of the Holocaust. A rousing adventure story with elements of a spy thriller, Karski’s journey is an inspiring story of extraordinary heroism and courage.

The play travels from Karski’s childhood in the Polish countryside to the Warsaw Ghetto and Nazi camps; from a fateful meeting with President Roosevelt to Karski’s shattering and revelatory testimony in Claude Lanzmann’s epic documentary Shoah. Through this theatrical journey, the enduring lessons of Karski’s life – especially his belief in humanity, even in the darkest times – are revealed.

 

My Report to the World was first presented as part of the Karski Centennial Celebration in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University (with Strathairn and Georgetown students), and has since been performed in Warsaw as part of the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, as well as most recently in a highly successful three-week residency in New York, produced in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC. This residency included a one-night-only performance at the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Sidney Harman Hall in DC. All 7 of the public performances of this residency were completely sold out.