Мodern Holocaust play in which the facts of the Holocaust are scarcely mentioned.
Most plays of this genre have tried to portray these facts, to recreate them and make the incomprehendable - comprehendable, if that possible. Many have had some measure of success, others much less. But today, certainly in Israel, everybody knows to a great extent, the facts.
"A Shayne Maidel" has achieved something quite unique. It examines a fractured family; a father who has taken one of his daughters from Poland in the early 1930s and immigrated to America, with the plan to bring his other daughter and his wife over later. Due to the Depression and the rise of Nazism, the rest of the family never arrives. In 1946, fourteen years later, his daughter, after surviving the ghetto and concentration camp experience, arrives, bearing the scars psychic wounds which the Holocaust has imprinted.
"A Shayne Maidel" does not dwell facts, but instead probes how each of the three central characters cope with this traumatic reunion. There is a saying - "To forget your past you betray your future." In order for each character to live fully today and build a life for the future they must recognize and reconcile themselves with their past - whether they have hidden it or would like to hide it.
"A Shayne Maidel" is a play for today, for us, for the generation after. No event in history has had more of an impact and influence on the human psyche and soul as has the Holocaust. Its ramifications are felt everywhere. "A sHyne Maidel" through focusing in the personal strengths and weaknesses of members of the fractured family makes an attempt to mend the world.
Written by Barbara Levov; translated by Yossl Birshtein; directed by Howard Ripp; scenery, costumes, and lighting by Beno Fridel; music by Vyacheslav Ganelin
Participating actors: Anat Atzmon, Shmuel Atzmon-Wirtzer, Yankele Alperin, Lora Sahar, Avraham Horowitz/Yasha Gilinski, Yehudit Yanai-Tzederbaum, Menora Zahav.
Performance length: About two hours including intermission.