jakub | November 8, 2023

AMERICAN THEATRE | Steven Levenson to Discuss New Collection of Plays


Steven Levenson.

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the 11th iteration of TCG Books Presents, featuring playwright Steven Levenson in conversation with Jill Rafson on YouTube Live, Thurs., Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. ET. This event will be in celebration of If I Forget and Other Plays, a new collection of Levenson’s plays published by TCG Books. (TCG is also the publisher of American Theatre.)

“While Steven Levenson is perhaps best known for the book of the beloved musical Dear Evan Hansen, the plays featured in this debut collection speak to the range and depth of his work,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director and CEO of TCG, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to host Steven and Jill Rafson in conversation about their collaboration on three of Steven’s plays.”

In If I Forget, Michael Fischer reunites with his sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday, and the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work on the state of Israel to the pressures of caring for an ailing parent. This debut collection also includes The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin and The Language of Trees. All three plays were originally produced at Roundabout Theatre.

TCG Books Presents features authors from TCG Books’ roster in conversation about their work. Past TCG Books Presents events have featured David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori in conversation with John Hodgman, James Ijames in conversation with Amina Robinson, and Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky in conversation with Gregory Mosher.

TCG Books is the largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature in North America, with 20 winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on its book list. The book program commits to the lifelong career of its playwrights, keeping all of their plays in print. TCG Books’ authors include: Annie Baker, Nilo Cruz, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Larissa FastHorse, Athol Fugard, Quiara Alegría Hudes, David Henry Hwang, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Tony Kushner, Young Jean Lee, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, Heidi Schreck, Stephen Sondheim, Paula Vogel, and August Wilson.

The TCG Books Presents program is supported in part by the Mellon Foundation, Fisher Dachs Associates; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; along with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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