Main Stage Series

October 30th - November 17th


by Barbara Lebow

Directed by Dawn Loveland Navarro

A powerful and poignant drama of survival and strength about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the Holocaust.  Although born in Poland, Rose, now in her twenties came to the United States with her father, Mordechai, at the age of four and is now completely "Americanized." The plan had been for Rose's mother and sister to join them. Their ordeal in the concentration camps, which only the sister survived, has brought a burden of guilt to the aging Mordechai and deeply mixed feelings as he awaits the arrival of his elder daughter, Lusia, who has, at last, found her way to America. A Shayna Maidel explores family, faith, and forgiveness in the pursuit of a better future.

A tribute to the sustaining power of family." --The New York Times

Anyone who sees it will not soon forget it." --Atlanta Constitution

Fall/Winter Clothing & Outerwear Collection
to benefit Tara’s Closet
All Sizes Needed & Hangers Preferred

Playhouse on Park’s Young Professional Advisory Board is collecting fall and winter clothing and outerwear for members of our community in need: men, women, teens, children and infants. Coats, sweaters, gloves, scarves and boots. In excellent, new or "like new" condition. Clean, freshly washed, and free of tears, stains or rips. We cannot accept: undergarments and socks. These items will be delivered to Tara’s Closet at Jewish Services which supports mental illness. To learn more visit Tara's Closet.

Please consider bringing a contribution throughout the run of A Shayna Maidel.

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Performance Schedule

Previews on October 30 & 31; all seats $17.50 for Previews only. For other pricing, see our tickets page.

Opening Night: November 1- wine and cheese reception before the show.

Talk backs after each Sunday matinee performance.

Performance Schedule:

Full Calendar


Krista Lucas (Mama) Playhouse on Park debut! Recent credits include: Little Theatre of Manchester: Lexie THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB; Ivoryton Playhouse: Hilary St. George GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER. She’s also performed with Theatre Guild Simsbury. Visit for information about upcoming performances.

Mitch Greenberg* (Mordechai) Playhouse on Park Debut! Born in Brooklyn, Mitch studied with Sanford Meisner, William Esper & Uta Hagen. A working actor for 45 years, he reprises this role 21 years after first playing it (he had to “grey up” back then!). Broadway: a dozen plays & musicals, as many characters; Off-Broadway: ditto. He’s performed in half the states of the Union, under every contract available to Union (the other kind) actors; film & TV, too.

Alex Rafala (Duvid) Playhouse on Park: Billy Bibbit ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, Peter Van Daan THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK; ArtsPower National Touring Theatre: Vati MY HEART IN A SUITCASE; Wild Project: Lenny Bruce HERE TO RECRUIT YOU; Hudson Guild Theater: Chris SOLDIERS AND OTHER LIVING THINGS; Target Margin Theater: Chuck THE ICEMAN COMETH LAB (ACT 2); Lyra Theater: Givola/Bowl/Goodwill THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI; Film: THE HISTORY OF METAL AND HORROR featuring Michael Berryman. @alex.rafala

Katharina Schmidt (Lusia) Playhouse on Park Debut! Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Ensemble THE AMERICAN FAMILY [DEVISED]; Lenfest Center for the Arts: Rachel CHINESE OPERA AND A MODERN DRAMA, Woman of Corinth MEDEA; The Secret Theatre: Ms Gamboa BRIAN’S POEMS; The WorkShop Theater: Elsie ICE FRONT;  Bucknell University: Elizabeth Bennet PRIDE & PREJUDICE, Kitty Oppenheimer THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER. Theater Major.  IG: @katerpilars  ~*~ ~*~ IMDB: Katharina Schmidt (VIII)

Laura Sudduth* (Rose) Playhouse on Park Debut! Broadway: Julie u/s Madame de Tourvel, Cecile, Emilie LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES; Arkansas Repertory: Della THE GIFT OF THE MAGI (world premiere); The Coterie Theatre: Marcia THE OUTSIDERS; Pacific Opera Theatre: Anne A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC; Summer Repertory Theatre (CA): Sandy THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE and Vibrata A FUNNY THING…FORUM; Film/TV: Cindy THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL.

Julia Tolchin (Hannah) Playhouse on Park Debut! Shetler Theater: Claire BFF; Robert Moss Theater: Mary Tilford THE CHILDREN’S HOUR; Playwrights Horizons Downtown: Sonya UNCLE VANYA. Julia earned her BFA from NYU Tisch and is currently a member of The 68 Cent Crew Theater Company.


*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the professional union for actors and stage managers.

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