The Two Of Us Productions, the award winning theater company based in Copake NY, is pleased to continue their return to live in-person theater with A Shayna Maidel, the Obie and Outer Critics Circle award winning drama by Barbara Lebow. Performances are May 13, 14 15 & the following weekend of May 20, 21 & 22, 2022. Presented in the intimate Marylin and Bob Laurie Foundation Gallery at the Claverack Free Library in Claverack, you don’t want to miss this exploration of human strength and frailty punctuated by moments of humor & hope.

A Shayna Maidel, Yiddish meaning “pretty girl,” tells the story of the reunion of two sisters after World War II, one having survived the Nazi concentration camps. A Shayna Maidel is a memory play in that it is set in three times: when Mordechai Weiss is born in 1876, when his two daughters (Rose White and Lusia Weiss Pechenik) are reunited in New York City during the present (1946), and when Lusia has flashbacks of her life in Poland immediately before and after the Holocaust.

Mordechai, his wife, and his two daughters were supposed to leave Poland for New York, but before they could leave, Lusia contracted scarlet fever and had to remain in Poland with her Mama. Therefore, Mordechai had taken Rose (Rayzel) with him to New York, intending to have his wife and Lusia join them after Lusia recovered. But the depression, money troubles, immigration law changes and then the outbreak of war traps Mama & Lusia in Poland.

Rose, having come to New York at the age of four, has become fully Americanized and has even changed her name from Rayzel Weiss to Rose White. Lusia initially does not mind being left behind because she can remain with her best friend Hanna and because she has fallen in love with Duvid Pechenik. Lusia marries Duvid, and they have a child together, but eventually Lusia, her mother, husband, child, and best friend are taken to Auschwitz. Lusia, grieving for all of the family she has lost, arrives in New York to live with Morcechai & Rose and to attempt to track down Duvid, whom she believes with all her heart is alive and looking for her.

A Shayna Maidel features Karissa Payson as Rose White, John Leiunug as Morcechai Weiss, Constance Lopez as Lusia Weiss Pechenik, Sorelle Brauth as Mama (Liba Eisenman Weiss), Cathy Hunt-Wheelock as Hanna and Mark Leinung as Duvid Pechenik. The Gallery at the newly renovated Claverack Free Library provides an intimate performance space that brings the audience into this gripping family drama.

Performances of A Shayna Maidel are 2 weekends only – May 13th, 14th, 15th,  and the following weekend of May 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2022. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm. The comfortable & intimate Gallery at the Claverack Free Library is located at 629 NY-23B, Claverack, NY 12513, right on the corner of Rt. 23 & Rt. 9H. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Students & Seniors. Please call for Group Rates. For advance reservations visit www.TheTwoOfUsProductions.org or call 518-758-1648. Make your reservations early for the best seats on the date you want! The Claverack Free Library requires masking for these performances. Masks are available for those that need them.

The Two Of Us Productions is well known throughout the Hudson Valley for presenting quality theater, both musicals and dramas. Their recent productions of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, Les Miserables, next to normal, Deathtrap, Lend Me A Tenor and Jesus Christ Superstar were all recognized by the Theatre Association of NYS with multiple awards, including outstanding work by the company, outstanding performance by the orchestra, excellence in direction, and many individual actor awards.

These performances are supported with funds from Hudson River Bank & Trust FoundationStewart’s ShopsBank of Greene CountyRheinstrom Hill Community FoundationGreylock Federal Credit Union, and American Endowment Foundation. This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Columbia County Council on the Arts dba. CREATE Council for the Arts.

WHAT: A Shayna Maidel, Yiddish meaning “pretty girl,” tells the story of the reunion of two sisters after World War II, one having survived the Nazi concentration camps. Produced by The Two Of Us Productions, the award winning theater company based in Columbia County NY, in collaboration with The Claverack Free Library. Presented in the intimate The Marylin and Bob Laurie Foundation Gallery at the Claverack Free Library in Claverack, you don’t want to miss this exploration of human strength and frailty punctuated by moments of humor & hope.

WHEN: May 13th, through 22nd, 2022. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm.

 Fridays – May 13th & 20th at 7:30pm

 Saturdays – May 14th & 21st at 7:30pm

 Sundays – May 15th & 22nd at 3pm

WHERE: The Gallery at the Claverack Free Library, located at 629 NY-23B, Claverack, NY 12513, right on the corner of Rt. 23 & Rt. 9H near the traffic. The Claverack Free Library requires masking for these performances. Masks are available for those that need them.

TICKETS: Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Students & Seniors. Please call for Group Rates. For advance reservations visit www.TheTwoOfUsProductions.org or call 518-758-1648. Make your reservations early for the best seats on the date you want!

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