In a tour-de-force solo performance, Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; Nomadland) portrays World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski, a messenger of truth who risked his life to carry his harrowing report from war-torn Poland to the Oval Office only to be disbelieved. Standing tall in the halls of power, Strathairn captures the remarkable life of the self-described “insignificant, little man” whose forgotten story of moral courage can still shake the conscience of the world.

Join Mr. Strathairn and special guests for a post-show conversation after each performance.

This production was originally created by The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University.

All titles, artists, and dates subject to change.


“GRIPPING…Starring a virtuosic David Strathairn…under [Derek] Goldman’s inspired direction.” –The Washington Post

“A TOUR DE FORCE…Strathairn is a charismatic shapeshifter.” –BroadwayWorld

“SUPERB…A searing and intimate study…portrayed with strength and vulnerability.” –MD Theatre Guide

“INCREDIBLY MOVING…Strathairn is an actor of remarkable gifts.” –DC Metro Theater Arts

“A MASTERPIECE…The deeply moving performance left me in awe.” –District Fray

“SPELLBINDING…Strathairn’s performance demands to be seen.” –Talkin’ Broadway

“EXCELLENT…Goldman’s direction manages the tricky of task of keeping a one-man show moving fluidly.” –Two Hours’ Traffic

Health and Safety

During the pre-season runs of The Amen Corner and Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, STC will require that all patrons provide proof of vaccination to attend any performances or events. In addition to audiences, STC has mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for all performers and theatre staff. Please visit our Health and Safety page for full guidelines about providing proof of vaccination at the theatre.

Only performers and people invited onstage for talkbacks will be unmasked. We ask that attendees remain masked while within our venues, including during performances, unless they are eating and drinking in designated lobby areas. STC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our spaces, and we are monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will make adjustments as needed. Thank you for your understanding.

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Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski

Oct 6, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021

By Clark Young and Derek Goldman
Directed by Derek Goldman
Featuring David Strathairn as Jan Karski
Restaurant Partner:
The DC Noble

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2021/22 Season is made possible by Michael R. Klein and Joan Fabry and the Harman Family Foundation.
The Performers
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  • Jan Karski: David Strathairn
    David Strathairn
    Jan Karski
    Jan Karski
    David Strathairn

    FILM credits include: Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland (Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival; Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture); George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck (Academy Award nomination for Best Actor); Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln; John Sayles’ Matewan, Eight Men Out, and City of Hope; Doug Magee’s Beyond the Call. THEATRE credits include: American Conservatory Theater: Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, Underneath the Lintel by Glenn Berger | THEATRE OF WAR productions.

The Artistic Team
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  • Clark Young
    Clark Young

    Clark Young, a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn, co-created every iteration of Remember This from Warsaw and New York City to London and Washington, D.C. Clark graduated from Georgetown University, and received his Master's from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he was recognized for academic excellence in the field of Performance Studies. 


  • Derek Goldman
    Playwright and Director
    Playwright and Director
    Derek Goldman

    REGIONAL: Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Folger, Round House, Everyman, Mosaic, Theater J, Synetic, the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theater, McCarter, Segal Center, Olney Theater (Artistic Associate). ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS: Chair of Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts | Director of the Theater & Performance Studies Program | Co-Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. PERSONAL: Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group; Vice-President of UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute; Founding Director of the Global Network of Higher Education in the Performing Arts. Derek holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and recently received the President’s Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers at Georgetown. 

  • Misha Kachman
    Scenic Designer
    Scenic Designer
    Misha Kachman

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: The Originalist. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Intelligence, Kleptocracy (world premiere), Smart People, The Originalist (world premiere), Junk | Baltimore Center Stage: Stones in His Pockets | Children’s Theatre Company: Snow White | Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Venus in Fur, Sex With Strangers, Cincinnati King (world premiere), Mr. Joy, Americus (world premiere) | Cleveland Playhouse: Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood | Court Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse: The Originalist | Everyman Theatre: Aubergine | Milwaukee Shakespeare: Cymbeline The Kennedy Center: Dr. Wonderful, Unleashed!, Bud, Not Buddy, Jason Invisible, Barrio Grrrl! (all world premieres) | Olney Theatre Center: The Amateurs, Colossal (world premiere), Our Town, The Diary of Anne Frank | Portland Center Stage: Oregon Trail | Round House Theatre: The Lyons, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Young Robinhood, Oslo | Seattle Rep: Two Trains Running | Signature Theatre: Threepenny Opera, Cabaret, Really Really (world premiere), Xanadu, Midwestern Gothic (world premiere), Girlfriend, The Fix | Skylight Music Theatre: In the Heights | Studio Theatre: TempOdyssey | Syracuse Stage: Stupid F*cking Bird, Amadeus | Theater J: Race, The Odd Couple, Lost in Yonkers, Our Class, The New Jerusalem, Love Sick | The Wilma Theater: The Body of An American, The Convert, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play | Woolly Mammoth: Fever/Dream (world premiere), A Bright New Boise, Stupid F*cking Bird (world premiere), Zombie: The American (world premiere), Marie Antoinette, Kiss, Women Laughing Alone With Salad (world premiere), Hir, An Octoroon, Fairview, Describe the Night, The Convert, Gruesome Playground Injuries | OPERA: Filarmónica de Jalisco: Turandot | Opera Lafayette/Opera Royal Versailles: Les femmes vengées, Cosi fan tutte | OTHER: Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, The Red Torch Theatre , The Kommissarzhevskaya Theatre (Russia) | AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award (2013), Gypsy Rose Lee Award (2018) | PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Professor, Head of MFA in Design in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park | Company Member, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company | Associate Artist, Olney Theatre Center | TRAINING: St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, Russia |

  • Ivania Stack
    Costume Designer
    Costume Designer
    Ivania Stack

    REGIONAL: Arena Stage: IntelligenceThe HeiressThe PriceRight to Be Forgotten | Seattle Repertory Theatre: Two Trains Running | Ford’s Theatre: Jefferson’s GardenSilent Sky | The Kennedy Center: OliverioA Wind in the Door | McCarter Theatre Center: Sleuth | Baltimore Center Stage: Stones in His PocketsHow to Catch Creation | Olney Theatre Center: Mary StuartSouth PacificMiss You Like HellInvisible Hand | Round House Theatre: A Boy and His SoulOsloSchool Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play | Everyman Theatre: PipelineQueens GirlAubergine | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityA Bright New BoiseBotticelli in the FireDescribe the NightThe ArsonistsFairview. PERSONAL: she/her/hers. Upcoming: Minor Character at The Wilma Theatre, The Mountaintop at Ford’s Theatre. TRAINING: University of Maryland: MFA in Design.

  • Zach Blane
    Lighting Designer
    Lighting Designer
    Zach Blane

    INTERNATIONAL: Sofia National Opera House, Bulgaria: Shrek. NATIONAL TOUR: Crane: On Earth, In Sky (Heather Henson). NEW YORK: Carnegie Hall: Titus Burgess, Take Me to the World | Town Hall: Into the Woods, In Concert | Roundabout Theatre Company: Too Much, Too Much, Too Many; Suicide Incorporated | Rattlestick Theatre: The Siblings Play | New World Stages: Would You Still Love Me If ( dir. Kathleen Turner) | Theater for a New City: Charles Busch’s Cleopatra | City Center: Wringer | Mint Theatre Company: Suitcase Under the Bed | St. Clements: Bulldozer, MUST | Davenport: Indian Joe | Jerry Orbach Theater: Crusade of Connor Stephens | Theatre Row: The Eternal Space | Actors’ Temple: Soul Doctor | 59E59 Theaters: The Good Girl | Abingdon: The Gentleman Caller, The Dork Knight | 4th Street Theatre: Sommerfugl, Holiday House (NYTW). REGIONAL: Djembe (Apollo Theatre), Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Barrington Stage Company, Bucks County Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Cape Playhouse. TELEVISION: Wicked in Concert (PBS, dir. Baayork Lee). FORTHCOMING: National Tour of May We All (written by Florida Georgia Line). | Instagram: @zachblane. 

  • Roc Lee
    Sound Design / Composition
    Sound Design / Composition
    Roc Lee

    REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Voices of Now: Inside VoicesSnow ChildThe PriceThe Year of Magical ThinkingMother Courage | Portland Center Stage: Crossing Mnisose | Round House Theatre: Small Mouth SoundsA Doll’s House, Part 2 | The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences: Kid Prince and PabloThe Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: FairviewDescribe the Night | Studio Theatre: AdmissionsCurve of Departure | DISTANCE FREQUENCIES: Rorschach Theatre: [410]GONE | Spooky Action Theater: The Lathe of Heaven | Mosaic Theater Company: CHARMHooded, Or Being Black for DummiesUlysses On BottlesOh God! | Everyman Theatre: AubergineThe Importance of Being Earnest | Olney Theatre Center: Singin' In The RainMatilda the MusicalTiger Style!The Invisible HandOn The TownAubergineAnnieThurgoodFickle Fancy FarceDial M for Murder | Constellation Theatre: AIDA | The Welders: In This Hope: A Pericles ProjectHello My Name Is... | GALA Hispanic Theater: FAME!In the Heights. PERSONAL: Roc Lee is a Helen Hayes Award-winning D.C.-based Composer/Sound Designer. Roc creates music and sound design for video games, theatre, film, and podcasts. Training: The Catholic University of America: Master of Music in Stage Music Composition |

  • Emma Crane Jaster
    Movement Director
    Movement Director
    Emma Crane Jaster

    STC: Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski. NEW YORK: Heartbeat Opera (Associate Artist): Fidelio, La Susanna, Butterfly, Dido & Aeneas | Juilliard: Agrippina | Constellation Chor/Marisa Michaelson: Desire/Divinity Project, Sappho Fragments. REGIONAL: Theater J: Our Class | Round House Theatre: I’ll Get You Back Again (Associate), Young Robin Hood | Baltimore Center Stage: Stones in His Pockets | Opera Lafayette: Radamisto. FILM: Breathing Free. OTHER: International exchange: Theater Zar Poland, DaLiangShan International Theater Festival China, UTheater Taiwan. OTHER: Artist residencies: NYC: HERE Arts, BAX, Fresh Ground Pepper | San Francisco: ODC, Studio210. Artist Fellowships: DCCAH, Asian Cultural Council, Amherst College. PERSONAL: Teaching: IDEO, MoMA, Cornell Tech, University of Louisville, Georgetown University. Training: Kuttiyattam Sanskrit Theater (India), LaMama Director’s Syposium (Italy), Lecoq School for Physical Theater (France), performance from age 6 with mime father, Mark Jaster (Happenstance Theater). | Emma is a core member of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. 

  • Andrew Neal
    Stage Manager
    Stage Manager
    Andrew Neal

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer MusicalSpider-Man: Turn Off the DarkCyrano de BergeracWickedFosseLes MisérablesSly FoxLa Cage aux Folles. Off-Broadway: A Night with Janis JoplinIn TransitThe Marvelous WonderettesPower PlaysAll In The TimingThe Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. TOURS: AladdinJersey BoysChicagoWicked. PERSONAL: Much love KP!!

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Joseph Smelser*
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Joseph Smelser*

    STC: Resident Stage Manager; 40 productions including King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing; Our Town; Once Upon a One More Time; The Amen Corner (2021 remount); The Oresteia; The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; The Comedy of Errors; Camelot; Hamlet; The School for Lies; The Secret Garden (also at 5th Avenue Theatre and Theater Under the Stars); The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound (also at Guthrie Theater); Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; The Tempest; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Strange Interlude; All’s Well That Ends Well. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: The Heiress, Let Me Down Easy | Seattle Repertory Theatre: Eight seasons including An Ideal Husband, Play On!, Golden Child, Don Juan, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (with Lily Tomlin) | American Conservatory Theater: The Rivals, The Circle, The Government Inspector, Vigil | Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Journey to the West, An Almost Holy Picture, Having Our Say | Regional Tour: Let Me Down Easy, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (both with Anna Deavere Smith). PERSONAL: Training: Oberlin College: BA.

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

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