Born in the Soviet Union, Bena Shklyanoy came to the United States along with a wave of Jews who fled that country in the 1970s. Arriving in Chicago with her family, Shklyanoy was actually the 1,000th Soviet immigrant to land at O’Hare Airport. Decades later, she began working on a family history project for her grandchildren, subsequently adapted into a pair of plays by Kevin Olson of Providence company Firsthand Theatrical. The first, set in the Soviet Union, premiered at AS220 in 2017, while the next generation follow-up arrives after a 2018 premiere in Chicago (where Shklyanoy still lives). The minimally staged play runs for one weekend only (Thursday through Sunday) before moving on to a two-week run in Brooklyn.