About This Show

Winner of the 2006 PeaceWriting Award from the OMNI Center for Peace, Lemkin’s House centers on Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who invented the word genocide and dedicated his life to convincing the world to declare it an international crime. Lemkin’s House imagines what would happen if the atrocities that occurred after Lemkin’s law was passed hounded him in the afterlife. When the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides burst into his house, Lemkin must recognize that even his law is not enough to change the world. He weighs his ethical accomplishments against his guilt for deserting his own doomed family, ultimately seeking not only justice but also forgiveness. The play is a story about connection between all humans, from an extremely humane hero and poses questions about whether unspeakable evil can be legislated out of existence, and how we survive if it cannot.


Hailed by The New York Times as, “A call to action… a compelling, well-acted play” (Genzlinger 2/13/06)

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Appropriate For Ages: 13 years old and above

Show Details

Running Time: 1hr 30min (0 intermissions)
Dates: Opening Night: September 17, 2006 Final Performance: October 8, 2006

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