Coming to Brooklyn in January 2020


FirstHand Theatrical's &'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.


“New Yorkers, make sure you see this!”*


"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. 

More about the play.


FirstHand Theatrical creates and presents original theater productions using primary source material drawn mainly from diverse personal, cultural and social histories and other writing. 

Now for sale:

The scripts of How Many Bushels Am I Worth

and its companion play And Then What?

"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 

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