David Strathairn as Jan Karski in “My Report to the World”
An important play about Jan Karski, “My Report to the World” will be presented in Warsaw, Łódź, Kraków and Poznań. The play was written and adapted by Professor Derek Goldman and Clark Young. The US premiere was presented on the centennial of Karski’s birth - at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center. That premiere was organized and sponsored by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, the Theater and the Performance Studies Program along with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. “My Report to the World” will be shown on 25. and 26. of January.
Derek Goldman a director and a playwright has been a Holocaust educator for over 2 decades collaborating with organizations such as Facing History & Ourselves, and museums and centers through his work as writer/ director of Right as Rain (toured nationally for 3 years,) the Polish play Our Class w/Theater J, involvement with the Holocaust Theater Archive, and others. He is Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, and has directed Off-Broadway, internationally, and with regional theatres including Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Folger Theater, the Kennedy Center, and others. He is the author of more than 30 professionally produced plays and adaptations and has directed over 80 productions.
David Strathairn is well known for his performances in Good Night and Good Luck, Lincoln, the Bourne films (and more) as well as in numerous plays on and Off Broadway. Strathairn become passionately committed to Karski’s story and to this project, investing enormous amounts of time as a core collaborator. His performance in the play reflects the depth of his commitment. People who knew Karski have described Straithairn’s portrayal as “uncanny,” and “almost unbearably moving to watch.”