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.
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.
David Strathairn and ensemble during the Museum of Jewish Heritage residency in 2015. (Photo by C. Mead Jackson)
The play is in ongoing development and we anticipate additional public performances in the coming year.
David Strathairn and Addison Williams (COL ’14) at the Jan Karski Centennial Celebration in Gaston Hall in 2014.
Playwright Clark Young and David Straithairn during the Museum of Jewish Heritage residency in 2015. (Photo by C. Mead Jackson)
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 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.
David Strathairn and ensemble during a performance on Theater Row (New York, NY) in 2014.