Off-Broadway's Lemkin's House Shuts Its Door on Feb. 26 | Playbill

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News Off-Broadway's Lemkin's House Shuts Its Door on Feb. 26 Lemkin's House, a play by Catherine Filloux about the man who coined the word "genocide," and his anguish over its toleration in the modern world, will end its run Off-Off-Broadway at the 78th Street Theatre Lab on Feb. 26.
John Daggett and Laura Flanagan in Lemkin's House.
John Daggett and Laura Flanagan in Lemkin's House. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Jean Randich directed a cast that includes John Daggett, Christopher Edwards, Laura Flanagan, Christopher McHale and Constance Winston. The show opened Feb. 3 to positive reviews and quickly sold out. Lemkin was a lawyer of Polish-Jewish descent. In 1933 he was appointed to a legal council of the League of Nations conference on international criminal law in Madrid. Lemkin, who lost many relatives in the Holocaust, wrote and spoke often about human barbarity and in 1944 published "Axis Rule in Occupied Europe," which included the definition of the new word "genocide." ("Genos" is Greek for family, tribe or race, and "cide" is Latin for killing.) His concept was accepted by the world as an offense against international law and was one of the legal bases of the Nuremberg Trials.

Lemkin continued to campaign for laws against genocide after the war. He achieved success in 1951 at the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Lemkin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1951 and 1952, but did not win. He died in 1958.

In Lemkin's House, the title character is tormented in the afterlife by the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides, and the international community's failure to stop them.

The production is associate produced by Morgan Allen, the photo editor of

Tickets are $15. Contact (212) 868-4444 or

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