Due to popular demand, we’re thrilled to open a special preview event for Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski to the public! Please join us for this special opportunity to view the sold-out show. Reserve your tickets here

The opening night of the School of Foreign Service’s Centennial Celebration on November 15th will feature 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.

If you have already registered to attend via the SFS100 website, you do not need to register again. Tickets are FREE and going very fast. Reserve your tickets here.

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)

Production History

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.