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Stephens presents 'A Shayna Maidel'

March 7, 2014

Stephens College will present “A Shayna Maidel” this month, a poignant tale about two sisters who reunite in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

The play begins at 7:30 p.m. March 14-15 and March 19-20 at the Warehouse Theatre with a 2 p.m. matinee March 16.

"A Shayna Maidel" is a “great play with excellent roles for women,” Director Rob Doyen said. 

“Shannon Cox and Katie Pautler play the two sisters, Lusia and Rose, who are reunited after a separation of nearly 20 years. Lusia has survived the Holocaust and comes to America to be reunited with her father and sister.”

Doyen will play the role of the father.

The story follows the reconnection of the sisters who, judging by appearances, are complete opposites. Lusia is homely and marked with an ID number from Nazi concentration camps on her forearm. The younger sister, Rose, was able to escape to America at an early age and has grown into a fashionable New Yorker. Although the relationship is strained at first, gradually through stories and flashbacks, the two are able to transition into new relationships.
“It is a very moving play,” Doyen said.
"A Shayna Maidel" was first presented in 1985 and became a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie in 1992.

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