Coming to Brooklyn in January 2020
FirstHand Theatrical's & appledoesnotfall.com's production of
How Many Bushels Am I Worth?
by Bena Shklyanoy and Kevin Olson
based on Bena's family history found on her website.
“FANTASTIC, BEAUTIFUL, and MOVING”*
"Magnificent. The acting, the directing, everything."*
Mark O'Donnell Theater at the Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
and at the AS220 95 Empire Black Box in Providence, R.I.
Painting a picture of Bena Shklyanoy's life in the Soviet Union,
How Many Bushels Am I Worth? captures Bena and her family’s agonizing decision to flee the USSR.
Facing the edge of the world, this new play tells the story of how they closed their eyes and jumped, arriving to the United States in the 1970's with the help of the Save Soviet Jewry movement.
FirstHand Theatrical creates and presents original theater productions using primary source material drawn mainly from diverse personal, cultural and social histories and other writing.
"This is the Voice of America" Stop animations used in the production
are created by Clara Tomaz of Make-Your-Movie
How Many Bushels Am I Worth? had its World Premiere at the Piven Theatre
in Evanston, Illinois in August 2018. Chicago Jewish News preview
"For years, I’ve been waiting for the captivating immigration stories of
Soviet Jews to be brought to the stage or screen. This excerpt from history
needs to be heard and documented. Ire, hilarity, love, culture, and life lessons,
all found in How Many Bushels Am I Worth?."
-- Sofia Jouravel, Jewish United Fund of Chicago, Russian Jewish Division
“FirstHand Theatrical, under Olson's direction, fashioned a jewel in
And Then What? and this staged reading captivates from the moment the
first lines are spoken.”
-- Veronica Brusini, Broadway World Rhode Island Full review
* from our audience
Trailer from Chicago production for How Many Bushels Am I Worth?
Hannah Antman and Jake Malavsky in the Brooklyn production