Finishing its extended New York premiere, Clark Young and Derek Goldman's Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski plays its final performance October 16 at Off-Broadway's Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Previews for the Theatre for a New Audience production began September 10 ahead of its September 15 opening night.
Oscar nominee David Strathairn (Nomadland, Nightmare Alley) makes his TFANA debut as Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter, World War II hero, and Holocaust witness who volunteered to bring news of the Warsaw ghetto and a Nazi concentration camp in occupied Poland to the Allied Forces. Karski made his way to London where he spoke with British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, and the White House where he spoke with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His reports to both, however, were received with skepticism and denial.
Goldman helms the production as director, leading the creative team which features scenic designer Misha Kachman, lighting designer Zach Blane, composer and sound designer Roc Lee, costume designer Ivania Stack, and movement director Emma Jaster.
TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz said in an earlier statement, “Theatre for a New Audience is a modern classical theatre whose cornerstone is Shakespeare. What is this play doing in a season at TFANA? The answer lies in the question ‘what is a classic?’ To me, it’s a story that is never over. It keeps getting retold because the issues that the classic plays are addressing are never over. Every generation has to deal with them.”
Remember This was developed at The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. Karski earned his doctorate and taught at Georgetown for four decades following the war, and Goldman worked with Young on crafting a script almost entirely from Karski's words, informed by Karski's former students and colleagues. Remember This premiered in 2019 at Georgetown, and then played runs in London, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
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