October 11th, 2019Contact: Mary Sturgis
Communications Associate, The Lab
Press Update: Academy Award-Nominee David Strathairn to Star in World Premiere Solo Performance Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski as the Inaugural Event of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service (SFS) Centennial Celebration
Washington, DC —The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics welcomes Oscar-nominated actor, David Strathairn (Good Night and Good LuckLincoln) to star in the featured event of the 100-year anniversary of the School of Foreign Service.

Strathairn’s virtuoso solo performance will headline the university’s historic three-day event, which will feature SFS alumni and policy leaders from around the world. The powerful production explores the legacy of Jan Karski, Polish World War II hero, Holocaust Witness, and beloved Georgetown Professor. The play has then been invited to travel to London and will continue to be available to tour as part of The Lab’s ongoing repertoire of productions.

Strathairn, who has starred in the piece throughout its various iterations since 2014, says “I’ve always felt that one of the vital roles, even a responsibility, of the artist/citizen, is to provide palpable, emotive, and relevant insight into the most pressing issues concerning our common humanity. By dramatizing the legacy of Jan Karski, we are striving to do just that.”

Written by Derek Goldman and Clark Young, and directed by Goldman, the play has been developed over several years, including in early iterations as sold-out public staged readings. The piece has received critical acclaim from audiences in Warsaw, Poland (Polish Museum of the History of Polish Jews), Washington DC (Georgetown, Shakespeare Theater/Harman Center), and New York (Museum of Jewish Heritage, Theater Row). The new solo version of the play will premiere on November 15th at the SFS Centennial.

According to the Co-Author, Director, and Lab Co-Director, Derek Goldman, “The example of Jan Karski is one that speaks directly to our current moment, and his is an inspiring and timely account of the importance of individual responsibility and moral action in the face of hatred and injustice. There is no story that better represents the Lab’s mission of humanizing global politics than that of Jan Karski, with his enduring message that ‘great crimes start with little things.’”

This timely message highlights the importance of humanity in international affairs and promises to catalyze crucial conversations amongst key policymakers, activists, and private-sector leaders in attendance at the signature SFS event.

After its November premiere, the play will continue with performances in the United States and abroad in the coming year.

Presented by The Lab and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service (November 15th, 8pm, GASTON HALL). Tickets are free and available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis here.

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