Project Description

Sponsored by Roz and Charles Stuzin

If I Forget

By STEVEN LEVENSON
Directed by JENNIFER CHAMBERS

AUGUST 1-SEPTEMBER 7
St. Germain Stage

A powerful tale of a Jewish-American family and a culture at odds with itself. Three siblings reunite to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. As long-held secrets bubble to the surface, they 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.

“Passionate and provoking! Brainy in its arguments and visceral in its emotions!”
The New York Times

Sponsored in part by Arnold Kotlen and Stephanie Fleckner & Art and Terry Wasser

EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 7 BY POPULAR DEMAND!

“A superb production…the drama of the season.”
—Berkshire Bright Focus

“compelling…thoughtful, warm and deeply human”
—The Berkshire Eagle

“Powerful and moving”
—BroadwayWorld

“laced with humor…sharp and authentic, leaving us with considerable food for thought…Director Jennifer Chambers expertly conducts this family drama both emotionally…and physically.”
—Berkshire On Stage

CAST

J. ANTHONY CRANE* (Michael Fischer) BSC: Tateh in Ragtime. Broadway: The Country House, Sight Unseen (MTC), Butley, The Winslow Boy (Roundabout). Off Broadway, National Tours and Regional: Cyrano (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Watch on the Rhine (Arena Stage) The Lion King (First National Tour), Les Misérables (N. America Tour), Spamalot (Wynn Las Vegas), Modern Orthodox (Dodger Stages), Disgraced (Goodman Theater, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Mark Taper Forum). Additionally: LaMama, TUTS, The Old Globe, Dallas Theatre Center, Capital Rep, Merrimack Rep, CATF, Pasadena Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville and others. Helen Hayes and BATCC Nominations. TV/Film: Chicago PD, Madam Secretary, Elementary, CSI, Life on Mars, The Practice and USA’s The Big Easy. Theatre from Northwestern University. For Susan Ellen. IG: janthonycrane
MITCH GREENBERG* (Howard Kilberg) BSC debut. Teachers: Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, William Esper. Selected Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Fiddler…(2015), Hollywood / Ukraine (debut), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Threepenny Opera, Marilyn…, Yiddle with a Fiddle (Carbonell Award), Can-Can, et al. Regional: Rags, Freud’s Last Session, …Anne Frank, Sunset Blvd., Brighton Beach / Broadway Bound, etc. Off Broadway: …Harvey Milk, Wiesenthal, …Thomas Scott, Right Kind of People, Old Wicked Songs, Baker’s Wife, Crazy Mary. Elsewhere: Snapshots, Beau Jest, The Chosen, “Art”, My Fair Lady, Talley’s Folly, Two for the Seesaw, You Never Know, A Funny Thing…, The Cocoanuts (Hayes nominee), The Good Doctor, Run for Your Wife!. Doting dad and “certifiable genius” (NY Times).
LAURA JORDAN* (Holly Fischer) BSC debut. Broadway: In My Life, Cry-Baby. Off Broadway: Silence! The Musical, Perez Hilton Saves the Universe, Sam’s Room, Glimpses of the Moon, .22 Caliber Mouth. Regional (selected): Noises Off! (The Guthrie & Actors’ Theatre of Louisville), Into the Woods (TUTS), Company (Bucks County Playhouse), The Great American Mousical (Goodspeed Musicals, directed by Julie Andrews), [title of show] (Theatreworks Palo Alto), The Wizard of Oz (NSMT). Film: Drunk Parents, Admissions. TV: The Deuce, The Loudest Voice, The Other Two, The Path, Happy!, Younger, A Gifted Man, The Big C, Glee. Writer/creator of the web series OTP: One True Pairing. TheLauraJordan.com
ISAAC JOSEPHTHAL (Joey Oren) BSC debut. In New York: Public Enemy (The Pearl Theatre Co.) and the premiere of Lars von Trier’s Dogville (Tisch, dir. Robert O’Hara). Regional: The Lion in Winter (Cape May Stage). International: Julius Caesar and Jean Genet’s Splendid’s (French National Theatre). TV: Big Dogs, Divorce (HBO), Hightown (Starz). BFA: NYU. Endless thanks to Jennifer, Julianne, Pat McCorkle and Michal. For my own Jewish family. IsaacJosephthal.com
LENA KAMINSKY* (Sharon Fischer) BSC debut. Selected credits: 2.5 Minute Ride (Kitchen Theatre Company); Fortune (Geva Theatre); Kodachrome and Black Pearl Sings! (Portland Center Stage); My Name is Asher Lev (George Street Playhouse); In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Syracuse Stage); Outside Mullingar (Saint Michael’s Playhouse); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Virginia Stage Company); Love, Janis (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); as well as work with Hartford TheaterWorks, Cleveland Play House, Northern Stage and others. TV/Film: Law & Order, Reunion (also co-producer) and upcoming feature film The Informer. LenaKaminsky.com
KATHLEEN WISE* (Ellen Manning) BSC debut. Theatre: Indecent (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Oslo (Rep Theatre St. Louis), Grounded (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Rep St. Louis/Cincinnati Playhouse), The Humans (Rep St. Louis), Dancing Lessons (Penguin Rep), The Winslow Boy (Rep Theatre of St. Louis), Talley’s Folly (Merrimack Rep), Julius Caesar (Acting Company/Guthrie Theater), Vinegar Tom (Potomac Theatre Project), Murder on the Nile (Dorset Theater Festival). Film/TV: Ironwood, Historias del Canal, Antidote, 4 Nights in the Hamptons, The Path, Unforgettable, She’s Lost Control, Palimpsest (Sundance Film Festival). Training: MFA NYU Grad Acting, BA Sarah Lawrence College. kathleenwise.squarespace.com @kafaweenwise
ROBERT ZUKERMAN* (Lou Fischer) BSC: Thief River, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ring Round the Moon, The Crucible, His Girl Friday, 10×10 (‘12, ‘14, ‘15, ‘18, ’19). Other theatre credits include Indecent (Pittsburgh Public Theater), The Price (Triad Stage, NC), Broadway Bound (Gretna Theatre, PA), Relativity (Florida Studio Theatre & Penguin Rep), A Walk in the Woods (Franklin Stage & Hubbard Hall) and two dozen plays Off Broadway (at the Atlantic, CSC, Theatre for a New Audience, The Pearl, Westside Theatre, etc.). Narration: The Library of Congress. Tour: USAF bases in Greenland for the USO. San Diego Critics Circle Award for Finkelbaum in The Puppetmaster of Lodz.

CREATIVES

STEVEN LEVENSON (Playwright) is the Tony Award-winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen. His plays include If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, Core Values, The Language of Trees and Seven Minutes In Heaven. Honors include the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desk Nomination, Hull-Warriner Nomination, Lucille Lortel Nomination and the Helen Hayes Award. A former Artist in Residence at Ars Nova and a member of the Roundabout Leadership Council, he worked for three seasons as a writer and producer on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and is a founding member of Colt Coeur and an alumnus of MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and Ars Nova’s Play Group. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduate of Brown University, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and the WGA.

JENNIFER CHAMBERS (Director) BSC: The Cake. Jennifer developed and directed the world premieres of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, Bed by Sheila Callaghan and Better by Jessica Goldberg. She has worked at theatres across the country including The Geffen, Echo, IAMA, Cal Arts, UCLA, CTG, South Coast Rep, Old Globe, McCarter and Barrington Stage Company. She is honored to be a member of the new class of The Kilroys and is all about using her voice and her work to change the paradigm and achieve gender parity in the theatre. BS in Theatre Arts from Northwestern University. She lives in LA with her husband, two kids and three dogs.

ELIVIA BOVENZI (Costume Designer) BSC: Time Flies and Other Comedies, The Glass Menagerie, Typhoid Mary, The Birds, Kunstler and peerless. She has designed an extensive repertoire of Shakespeare including Much Ado About Nothing, The Rape of Lucrece, Hamlet and Titus Andronicus (New York Shakespeare Exchange); Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare on the Sound). Assistant design credits: Broadway revivals of My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof; and for The Father and Incognito (MTC); Plenty (Public Theater); War Paint (Goodman Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage); My Heart is in the East (La MaMa). MFA: Yale School of Drama, where her credits include An Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep), Cloud Nine and Richard II. Elivia is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theater Design at Queens College. eliviabovenzi.com

PALMER HEFFERAN (Sound Designer) BSC: Speech & Debate. Broadway: The Lifespan of a Fact. Select Off Broadway credits: Marys Seacole (Lincoln Center); Do You Feel Anger? (Vineyard Theatre); Wild Goose Dreams (The Public); BLKS, Collective Rage, Charm, School Girls (MCC); Sugar in Our Wounds, Important Hats… (MTC); Something Clean, Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout); Fabulation, Death of the Last Black Man… (Signature); Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages); Friend Art (Second Stage). Select Regional credits: Grand Horizons, Dangerous House, Seared, Romance Novels… (WTF); As You Like It, Henry V and Henry IV, Part One (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Awards: 2019 Obie Award, 2018 Henry Hewes Award, 2018 Helen Hayes Award, 2017 TBA Award. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

JOHN MCDERMOTT (Scenic Designer) BSC: Tribes, peerless, Lost in Yonkers. In New York, Sense & Sensibility, Peter Pan, New York Animals and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Bedlam; Eureka Day, Zürich, Cal in Camo and Dry Land for Colt Coeur. Asst. Professor at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York.

SCOTT PINKNEY (Lighting Designer) (BSC Associate Artist) is returning for his 16th season. Past designs include Well Intentioned White People, Typhoid Mary, American Son, Gaslight, This, The Best of Enemies, Muckrakers, The Crucible, Whipping Man, Carousel, A Streetcar Named Desire and Follies. On Broadway, he designed Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy. Off Broadway credits include Vincent, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Majestic Kid, Divine Fire and The World is Made of Glass. Regional designs include: MALA for The Guthrie, Don Juan for Denver Center (Denver Critic’s Circle Award), Comedy of Errors for Commonwealth Shakespeare (Elliot Norton Award), Balkan Women for Bristol Riverside Theatre (Barrymore Nomination) and My Fair Lady for TheatreVirginia (Phoebe Award). Internationally, he has designed for Singapore Rep and Club Mohamed-Ali in Cairo. slpinkney.com

LESLIE SEARS* (Production Stage Manager) BSC: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Taking Steps; Georgie; Kunstler; 2018 10×10 Festival. Off Broadway: Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout). Regional: Peer Gynt (Boston Symphony Orchestra); Albatross (Michael Seiden/The Poets’ Theatre); Private Lives (Shakespeare Theatre Co.); A Raisin in the Sun, Invisible Man, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Private Lives, Sons of the Prophet, Ruined, Fences, A Civil War Christmas, The Miracle at Naples, The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Co.); The Four of Us (Old Globe). Opera credits includes shows with Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival, Boston Lyric Opera and Boston Early Music Festival. Ms. Sears is a graduate of Boston University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) produced the world premiere of Steven Levenson’s If I Forget in 2017, after producing his debut The Language of Trees at Roundabout Underground in 2008 and commissioning The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, which premiered Off Broadway in 2013. Founded in 1965, New York’s not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. Roundabout produces a mix of revivals and world premieres on and off Broadway, winning eight Best Revival Tony Awards and debuting such new playwrights as Stephen Karam, Lindsey Ferrentino, Joshua Harmon, Ming Peiffer and Jireh Breon Holder. Its educational initiatives impact 15,000 students and over 1,000 teachers annually. roundabouttheatre.org

MCCORKLE CASTING LTD; PAT MCCORKLE, KATJA ZAROLINSKI (Casting) (C.S.A.) Casting actors for Barrington Stage for 17 years. Pat McCorkle is pleased to be an Associate Artist at BSC. Broadway: Over 50 productions including On the Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: highlights — Clever Little Lies; Sheer Madness; Tribes; Our Town (Barrow Street); Freud’s Last Session; Toxic Avenger; Almost, Maine; Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: Twisted, St. George, Sesame Street, Hack, Californication, Max Bickford, Chappelle’s Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop, etc. mccorklecasting.com

CHARLIE SIEDENBURG (Press Representative) BSC Associate Artist. Charlie joined the Barrington Stage family in 2005 and has represented over 130 BSC productions. His work has led to features in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, USA Today and American Theatre Magazine. He began working as a publicist in 1990 at the Barn Theatre in August, MI, working with folks like Marin Mazzie, Jennifer Garner and Tom Wopat. His many PR credits include the Metropolitan Opera (Live in HD), Paper Mill Playhouse (1999–2004), George Street Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre, Surflight Theatre and Two River Theatre Company. A graduate and professor at Wagner College, where he teaches Theatre Appreciation, Charlie recently received the Dr. Kevin Sheehy Alumni Leadership Medal.

If I Forget - 2019

In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s seventy-fifth birthday. Each deeply invested in their 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. If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.

Re-Remember: The Struggle for Identity from Generation to Generation

with Rabbi Josh Breindel from Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley, MA

Rabbi Breindel will discuss how modern Jewish life is a balance between traditional culture and modern insights… often with surprising (and inspiring) results.

Sunday, August 11

1 pm at the St. Germain Stage


Café Chat

Friday, August 23 after the 7:30pm performance