Theater Close-Up: If I Forget

Air date: 12/03/2018

Theater Close-Up Presents Tony Award-Winning Playwright Steven Levenson’s If I Forget, a Personal and Political Play About History, Responsibility and Compromise, Premiering Monday, December 3 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN



In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in her own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate—with biting humor and razor-sharp insight—how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. An unflinchingly honest play about the stories we choose to believe, the compromises we can’t avoid and the hurt only our nearest and dearest can inflict, If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen, Roundabout’s The Language of Trees), the broadcast is directed for television by Emmy Award-winner David Horn, executive producer of THIRTEEN’s Theater Close-Up series and acclaimed PBS series Great Performances. The production was originally captured by BroadwayHD.

 Notable Talent

  • Larry Bryggman – Lou Fischer
  • Maria Dizzia – Sharon Fischer
  • Tasha Lawrence – Ellen Manning
  • Jeremy Shamos – Michael Fischer
  • Seth Michael Steinberg – Joey Oren
  • Kate Walsh – Holly Fischer
  • Gary Wilmes – Howard Kilberg

Short Listing

Watch Steven Levenson’s funny, political play about a Jewish family and culture at odds with itself.

Long Listing

Witness a modern Jewish family fracturing in this political and personal play about history, responsibility and compromise. Playwright Steven Levenson’s sharply funny, unflinchingly honest tale shows a family and a culture at odds with itself.

Running Time

135 minutes

Series Overview

Theater Close-Up is a unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and New York City-area Off-Broadway and regional theaters that shines a spotlight on the best and brightest local productions.

Production Credits

Theater Close-Up “If I Forget” is a co-production of BroadwayHD and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Directed by David Horn. For Theater Close-Up: Mitch Owgang is producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; and David Horn is executive producer. For BroadwayHD, Stewart F. Lane is producer, with Bonnie Comley as executive producer.  Executive-in-charge for WNET is Neal Shapiro. The stage production of “If I Forget” is produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company.


Major support for this presentation of Theater Close-Up is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Elaine and Weldon Wilson and Sharon Sullivan and Jeff Kindler.

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Roundabout Theatre Company presents If I Forget Pictured (l to r): Tasha Lawrence, Jeremy Shamos, Maria Dizzia, Larry Bryggman, Kate Walsh,Gary Wilmes, Seth Steinberg, Photo by Joan Marcus, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company presents If I Forget Pictured (l to r): Jeremy Shamos,Kate Walsh,Maria Dizzia Photo by Joan Marcus, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company presents If I Forget Pictured (l to r): Tasha Lawrence, Larry Bryggman, Jeremy Shamos, Seth Steinberg, Gary Wilmes, Maria Dizzia Photo by Joan Marcus, 2017