About the Plays

And Then What? 

debuted to critical acclaim in Providence, RI in 2017 and was presented again at the Piven Theatre in Evanston, Illinois in August 2018. It tells the story of a Russian Jewish family from pre-Bolshevik Russia through Soviet rule. Bena's family closed ranks in the face of cruel history and defeated it. The play is presented as Readers Theatre.

And Then What? is that rare piece of theater that truly touches every emotion."

-- Broadway World Rhode Island

And Then What?

Providence, Rhode Island, July 2017

An Interview about the creation of   

And Then What? with Bena Shklyanoy,

Kevin Olson and Katya Ginzburg-Bram

How Many Bushels Am I Worth? 

had its World Premiere at the Piven Theatre in Evanston, Illinois in August 2018. The play captures one family's agonizing decision to flee the USSR. Facing the edge of the world they closed their eyes and jumped, arriving to the US in the 1970's with the help of the Save the Soviet Jewry movement.


The play takes us on Bena’s journey out of the Soviet Union to her new home in Chicago. Painting a picture of her life in the Soviet Union, the play focuses on how it brought her to the decision to emigrate and what it cost mentally and in practical terms to cut the cord.



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