Coming to Providence and Brooklyn in January 2020
FirstHand Theatrical'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.
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.
Please consider making a donation to allow a great immigration story
to be shared with a wider audience and to support our first ever tour.
"This is the Voice of America" Stop animations used in the production
are created by Clara Tomaz of Make-Your-Movie
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.
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
Trailer from Chicago production for How Many Bushels Am I Worth?