Noodles

Book By: L. Don Swartz
Play #: 8352
Pages: 61 pgs
Cast: 5 m, 6 w

Ideal comedy for community theatres! Ned is the 30-ish son of Ma and Pa Boodle whose efforts to introduce girlfriends to his family don't turn out very well. His family is somewhat "colorful"-his mother is a June Cleaver type at her homiest; his father is pretty clueless his grandpa manages a cat (rescue) house; and his sister Lulu is a hypochondriac with an equally germ-o-phobic boyfriend, Luke. Also there's the ever-helpful Jack, who resides in a cardboard appliance box in the middle of the Boodle living room, and the neighbor, Mrs. Doodah-Doodah. But Ned's latest introduction of a lady friend to the family is different. Elaine sees what few others see in the family Boodle. Why? Ned was once a close part of this daffy bunch, perhaps even a little daffy himself at one time. But something has changed him. Can Elaine help? Can Ned help his family cross over into his world? With understated humor, the final scenes just might help you view your own crazed flesh and blood with a knowing smile, a kinder eye and an open heart.

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Productions

LAKES CLUBHOUSE THEATER 2 Performance(s)
LEESBURG, FL 2/20/2020
FAYETTEVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FAYETTEVILLE, NC 10/27/2018
PALACE THEATER CENTER, INC 4 Performance(s)
MARLIN, TX 5/11/2018
HARRISON CHARTER CONVERSION HI 3 Performance(s)
HARRISON, AR 4/20/2018
STARRY NIGHT THEATRE, INC. 8 Performance(s)
NORTH TONAWANDA, NY 5/11/2017
PHS DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
PALMER, MA 4/6/2017
REDLANDS FOOTLIGHTERS 11 Performance(s)
REDLANDS, CA 9/3/2016
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HUNTINGDON, TN 2/12/2016
TRI-COUNTY PLAYERS 6 Performance(s)
PAXTON, IL 2/13/2015
DUBOIS AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
DUBOIS, PA 11/13/2014
FREE RANGE BANANA MINING CO 4 Performance(s)
JOLIET, MT 4/25/2014
NORTH WOODS COMMUNITY ED 2 Performance(s)
VIRGINIA, MN 3/28/2014
SOUTHERN HUNTINGDON COUNTY SD 3 Performance(s)
THREE SPRINGS, PA 12/13/2013
EARL GREY DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
EARL GREY, SK 3/9/2013
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH 4 Performance(s)
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI 3/7/2013
PEPPERELL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LINDALE, GA 12/6/2012
MASON DISTRICT HOSPITAL 2 Performance(s)
HAVANA, IL 4/20/2012
SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ALACHUA, FL 4/15/2012
UPPERMAN HIGH SCH 1 Performance(s)
BAXTER, TN 4/15/2012
GAREY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
POMONA, CA 4/11/2012
LOHS DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
WATSON, LA 3/24/2012
HANOVER-HORTON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HORTON, MI 3/22/2012
DEVILS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
DEVILS LAKE, ND 3/15/2012
BUCKEYE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
TIRO , OH 11/4/2011
THE THEATRE COMPANY 3 Performance(s)
HARRISON, AR 9/16/2011
GRACE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 2 Performance(s)
NEWTOWN, CT 5/27/2011
FLASHER PUBLIC SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FLASHER, ND 4/15/2011
RICHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
RICHWOOD, WV 12/13/2010
CEMENT HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CEMENT, OK 11/2/2010
WOLF RIVER THEATRICAL TROUPE 6 Performance(s)
NEW LONDON, WI 8/5/2010
MERIDIAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
SANFORD, MI 3/19/2010
NORTH MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN 10/30/2009
NORTH MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN 10/29/2009
PLATTE COMMUNITY THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
PLATTE, SD 7/3/2009
MAVERICK PLAYERS 10 Performance(s)
MIDLAND, TX 4/3/2009
CUMBERLAND ROSE PLAYERS 3 Performance(s)
GREENFIELD, IA 2/13/2009
WYNFORD HS DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
BUCYRUS, OH 11/22/2008
WOODLAND HIGH SCHOOL-DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
FAIRFAX, OK 11/14/2008
HORIZON HONORS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PHOENIX, AZ 11/14/2008
THEATRE NEWINGTON-ONSTAGE 2 Performance(s)
NEWINGTON, CT 7/26/2008
RIVERSIDE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LAKE CITY, AR 5/1/2008
PLENTY & DIST COMMUNITY PLAYER 3 Performance(s)
PLENTY,SK., CANADA, CA 4/18/2008
ST JOHN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SAINT LOUIS, MO 2/15/2008

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT L. DON SWARTZ

TALKS ABOUT "NOODLES"

 

Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A.: I had the benefit of growing up in a wildly unconventional family. This play is a tribute to that experience.

 

Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A.: I like the moment when Ned realizes that his family needs him and that he needs them more. There is nothing like the feeling of being a member of a loving family. Even if they are weird!

 

Q.: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A.: The characters are based on people I have known and people in my family.

 

Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A.: I want to say to the audience: We all have wacky families. Cut them some slack and embrace them and love them while you still can.

 

Q.: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A.: The best part about writing plays are the surprises I receive along the way. I started writing "Noodles" and the characters took over. They demanded to be treated like real people, and once that sunk into my thick skull, I really fell in love with them and wanted to tell their story with dignity. It helps that they are based on people I love and respect.