After its celebrated world premiere in Washington as part of the GU SFS Centennial, The Lab is honored for collaborating with Human Rights Watch and Queen Mary University on a very special performance of Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
This performance was in London on Monday January 27th, 7:30 pm, at The People’s Palace, Queen Mary University
Razia Iqbal moderated a post-show panel featuring Baroness Arminka Helic and QM Professor Penny Green along with David Strathairn and Lab co-director Derek Goldman
The Centennial Premiere
The opening night of the School of Foreign Service’s Centennial Celebration on November 15th featured the Lab’s performance of Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski. Co-authored and directed by Derek Goldman, the show stars Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck; Lincoln) in a virtuoso solo performance. The play explores the legacy of Jan Karski, Polish World War II hero, Holocaust witness, and late beloved Georgetown Professor. Building on earlier versions of the play with Strathairn and a larger ensemble, developed by The Lab and performed to much acclaim in New York, DC, Poland and other sites, this new tour-de-force solo performance brings the enduring lessons of Karski’s extraordinary life—especially his belief in humanity, even in the darkest times, into the present moment.
“The play was nothing short of a triumph. It could not have set a more perfect foundation for the entire weekend, as it was such a moving tribute to our values, our history and our ambition to inspire the recommitment to our basic humanity that seems to be our only hope for the future these days. Not a soul walked out of Gaston unmoved. And every audience member came away thinking: this is what SFS and Georgetown are all about.”
– Joel Hellman, Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service
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.”
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.