Auditions for A Shayna Maidel

Starting DateNovember 7, 2019

Ending DateNovember 10, 2019

Event Description

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Sunday, November 10, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.


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Two sisters – one a survivor of the Holocaust, the other sheltered in America – meet after a separation of 17 years. Their heart-wrenching reunion shows that if war can tear a family to pieces, love can put it back together.


Nine performances will be given January 17-February 2 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.



Mordechai Weiss:  age 55-70; father to Rose and Lusia. Yiddish accent. An elegant man with strong beliefs who suppresses his emotions when things get difficult. He has suffered great loss and bears it with dignity.

Rose Weiss: Early 20s, Brooklyn Dialect. Rose is a bright, fashionable young woman who cares deeply about her family. She has recently embarked on a life of her own with a good job and an apartment in Manhattan. She is shocked and overwhelmed when her sister arrives after their being separated for 17 years, but grows to deeply love Lusia.

Lusia Pechenik: Late 20s-early 30s. Yiddish dialect. Raised in Poland, she is new to America. She is worn and underfed due her experience in a Nazi concentration camp where she witnessed the death of her mother, her best friend, and her baby daughter. She is proud, strong, and determined and lives in hope of finding her husband, Duvid ,who was captured and sent to a concentration camp soon after they were married seven years ago.

Duvid Pechenik: age 20s-30s. Lusia’s husband. Yiddish accent. Has experienced and survived life in a concentration camp. He has been searching for Lusia for two years and is determined to be re-united with her. Sweethearts since childhood, their love for each other is deep and lasting. He is playful and warm in flashbacks scenes, but when we see him later in the play he is worn and changed.

Hanna:  Early 20s: No Dialect. Lusia’s best friend, she is playful and loves Lusia deeply. Hanna and Lusia were in the same concentration camp. She is incredibly courageous and gives up her own life to save the life of her friend.

Mama:  age 40s. Rose and Lusia’s mother. No dialect. She’s a loving mother who sacrifices her life to stay with her family.


Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script. Actors should also bring a list of all conflicts from November 18-January 16. A resume and headshot are appreciated, but not required.


Director Mary Finnerty has directed critically acclaimed plays for Park Square Theatre, Spirit of the Horse, Theatre Max, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, The Playwrights’ Center, and The Refreshment Committee, among others. She has been the director of education for Park Square Theatre since 1994.


For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305.

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