Remember This: Jan Karski's Legacy

We are honored to invite you to the February session of #TJHTalks with the creators and star of the critically-acclaimed solo performance Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski.

Renowned actor and star of the play David Strathairn, Professor Derek Goldman (co-author and director), and Clark Young (co-author) will discuss the genesis of the play and the process of dramatizing the facts of Karski’s life. In a conversation moderated by Professor David Chack, our guests will discuss their motivations in creating the play, interactions with the audience, the critics’ responses, and the play’s meaning in today’s world.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

PST: 11:00 a.m.

CST: 1:00 p.m.

EST: 2:00 p.m.

UK: 7:00 p.m.

CET: 8:00 p.m.

Israel: 9:00 p.m.

The webinar will include a 45-minute discussion with video excerpts of the performance, followed by a 15-minute Q&A, in which you can ask questions submitted during the broadcast.

David Strathairn is a widely acclaimed actor, known for his theater performances and his roles in films, among them Good Night and Good Luck and Lincoln. He recently starred in Chloe Zhao’s 2020 film Nomadland, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Picture. Some of Strathairn’s most prominent stage productions include The Theatre of War Productions, a community-specific theatre-based project that addresses vital public health and social issues. In 2014, in collaboration with Derek Goldman and Clark Young, Strathairn first portrayed the title character in Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, which premiered in commemoration of Karski’s 100th birthday.

Derek Goldman is the Chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Director of the Theater & Performance Studies Program at Georgetown University, and Founding Director of The Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics. driveHe is an award-winning stage director, playwright, and producer, whose work has been seen around the country, off-Broadway, and internationally. Goldman is the author of more than 30 professionally produced plays and adaptations and has directed over 100 productions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG); Vice-President of UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute, and Founding Director of the global Network of Higher Education in the Performing Arts. Derek Goldman is co-author and director of the monodrama Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski.

Clark Young is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn. He has been a part of each production of the play—from Warsaw and New York City, to London and Washington, D.C. A Georgetown University graduate, Clark was awarded the Terrance Davis Medal for Excellence in Theater and Performance Studies in 2009. He went on to gain his master’s degree at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he was also recognized for academic excellence. He has since taught theater at Georgetown and Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy. He has appeared in over twenty professional productions at venues such as Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s, and Arena Stage. Clark is currently workshopping his new play, .406 Below, about cryonics, baseball, family, and immortality.

David Y. Chack is a professor in The Theatre School at DePaul University in Jewish and Holocaust Theatre. He received his B.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and Circle-in-the-Square Theatre on Broadway. Professor Chack did his Master’s work at Tufts University, and his Ph.D., a.b.d., at Boston University with his mentor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. David works as Producing Artistic Director of ShPIeL, a performance incubator and of TEATRON Festival of Jewish Theatre. He is also a theatre consultant for Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning in Warsaw and for the Illinois Holocaust Museum. A director, producer, and dramaturg, he was the initiator and curator for the 2016 New York’s Yiddish Theater exhibition: “From Bowery To Broadway.” He has written for American Theater, the Forward, and HowlRound/Emerson College, and his most recent paper for the Harold Pinter Review is “A Jewish Theatremaker in the Pandemic,” published in 2021.