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Ignite! Community Theatre’s ‘A Shayna Maidel’ tests the strength of family ties

In Barbara Lebow’s “A Shayna Maidel,” the ties that bind a family together are tested after two sisters with drastically different upbringings are reunited.

When she was four, Rose Weiss and her father Mordechai fled war-torn Poland for America. Lusia, Rose’s older sister, stricken with scarlet fever, stayed behind with the girls’ mother.

Rose’s mother and Lusia were caught by the Nazis and held in concentration camps. Sixteen years later, Lusia travels to America, specifically Brooklyn in 1946, where the sisters quickly discover how different they are.

Through discussions, arguments and a letter from the past, the sisters and their father work to restore their family binds.

“A Shayna Maidel” stars Jacqueline Swanson as Lusia, Jennie Oliver as Rose, Kim Berg as Mordechai, Jacob Carruthers as Duvid Pechenik, Aimee Paxton as Hanna and Lynn Noel as Mama.

The play, directed by Susan Hardie, opens Friday and runs through April 29.

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