Follow the successful world premiere at Georgetown University in April and two successful shows at the Warsaw's Teatr IMKA in October, these performances are among the final centennial celebrations to honor Karski's 100th birth anniversary.
The play features Golden Globe and Academy Award Nominee David Strathairn, who plays Jan Karski (1914-2000), a hero of the Polish Underground Resistance who tried to shake the conscience of the world in 1942 when there was still time to act to stop the Holocaust. A Roman Catholic, Karski volunteered at great risk to undertake a mission on behalf of the underground government to carry eyewitness reports to the free world about the destruction of the Jewish people of Poland.
In this new play - written by Clark Young and Derek Goldman and directed by Goldman - Karski is a Georgetown University Professor who engages with a chorus of students who urge him to reckon with the ghosts of his past and to "go back" in his memory to revisit the episodes and memories that haunt him in order to bear witness for future generations. The chorus then begins to enact that history, filled with episodes of political intrigue, physical courage, harrowing escapes, tenderness, and devastation.
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Presented by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (the Lab), the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, and the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance.
Karski Honorary Committee:
Andi Bernstein, Robert L. Billingsley, Steven P. Buffone, Janet Daley Duval, John J. DeGioia, David Fogel, Robert Gasser, Roger Hertog, Peter Krogh, Paul J. Malloy, Michal H. Mrozek, Fr. Leo O'Donovan S.J., Adelaida Palm, Andrzej Rojek, Jeffrey L. Rothschild, Marc Sulam, Laurence Tosi, Wanda Urbanska, Lloyd Williams, and Robert Wolfson