Remember This

The Lesson of Jan Karski

November 3 - 14, 2021

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

by Clark Young and Derek Goldman
directed by Derek Goldman
starring David Strathairn 

Packs a powerful punch in 90 minutes... From the moment [David Strathairn] unassumingly steps upon the stage, his deft approach swiftly draws the audience in, garnering rapt engagement for the entire performance.


Superb... relentless in its own simplicity.



The Play

Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn—best known for memorable turns in films including Good Night, and Good Luck, Nomadland, and Lincoln—takes the stage in a tour-de-force performance. Meet World War II hero Jan Karski who, after surviving the devastation of his native Poland by Nazi Germany, risks his life to carry the first eyewitness reports of the Holocaust to the White House, only to be met with inaction and disbelief. Strathairn captures the remarkable life of the self-described “insignificant, little man” who spoke truth in the halls of power in a timely story of moral courage.

Following each performance, stay for a 20‑minute talkback with David Strathairn, Derek Goldman, and Clark Young

ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, and Open Captioning logos Chicago Shakespeare is committed to making its performances accessible to all patrons. ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, and Open Captioning services are available.

Remember This Trailer

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Scholar conversation

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Nancy Pelosi Video

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The Players

Creative Team

Derek Goldman Director / Co-Author

Clark Young Co-Author

Misha Kachman Scenic Designer

Ivania Stack Costume Designer

Zach Blane Lighting Designer

Peter Leibold Assistant Lighting Designer

Roc Lee Original Music and Sound Design

Emma Jaster Movement

Andrew Neal Production Stage Manager


THE OFFICE: performing arts + film 

Carol Avery Producer

Rocky Noel Production Manager

Brendon Boyd Technical Director

Erica D. Zielinski Managing Director

Rachel Chanoff Founder/Director


David Strathairn Jan Karski

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