When Bob Donnalley and I produced A Shayna Maidel in New York more than 20 years ago, we knew that the play had “legs.” We never imagined it would play for more than 500 performances and earn critical praise and many awards. In fact the play has been translated into at least six languages for thousands of productions worldwide. But as composer Ned Rorem says, with surety, “What works, works!” As I now prepare the revival of Barbara Lebow’s classic for Broadway’s 2012/2013 season, I am buoyed with the knowledge that every day, somewhere, there is at least one performance of A Shayna Maidel for new audiences – as well as for those wanting to renew their memory of this amazing classic.
In responding to the question of dreams to be fulfilled, I have two: 1) To perform Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor (as soloist) with an orchestra, and, 2) To own my own train car; I love trains and aspire to outfit a car that can be attached to any train I wish.
Margery Klain is Chair of LPTW Mentoring Committee. Producer: Daughters, A Shayna Maidel, Mountain, Das Barbecu; winner of Theatre World, Outer Critics’ Circle and Obie Awards; Drama Desk nomination. Nonprofit affiliations – The Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, “Women in Concert” for Womens’ Way. Broadway revival of A Shayna Maidel for the 2012/2013 season.