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d’Amato, Miriam F. (American playwright, teacher, 1933-____), “A Noodle Kugel for Company,”

a 25-minute drama in English, set in the living room/kitchen of a small apartment, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, winter, 1990s,

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; • © 1996 by Miriam F. d’Amato; • in Miriam F. d’Amato’s A Noodle Kugel for Company (Winthrop, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Miriam d'Amato, 62 Floyd Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts 02152, U.S.A., telephone (home) 617-846-8251, e-mail mdamato@lynx.neu.edu. • Cited by Alan Woods via e-mail June 16, 2003, and Miriam F. d’Amato via e-mail, September 22, 2003; d’Amato says,

§ Dramatis Personae Abe Rubenstein (m), 62, a widower; Lillian Waxman (f), 62, a widow.

§ Synopsis “Lillian Waxman has invivted Abe Rubenstein, whom she has just met, for a special supper: a home-made noodle kugel. Because she was late getting home from work, she's hurrying with her preparations when Abe arrives, hungry and eager to become friends. She struggles with what she feels is her own incompetence, and his attempts at converation about her job, her family and the lateness of supper sound to her like criticisms. When they realize her oven isn't working and the kugel won't be ready, he suggests they go to a restaurant, but she resents the invitation. She loses her temper and provokes him to rare anger. Their argument shows her that real communication and honesty are possible, and they go out together for dinner.

§ Comment “The set can be minimal: a table and two chairs, an easy chair and an end table, and a coat tree if no closet; the stove can be offstage. • Lillian Waxman . . . is beginning to wrinkle and her hair is graying. However, she is well-groomed, has her hair trimmed, washed and set regularly, and moves briskly. She works as a saleswoman in a store selling women's lingerie. She has a slight echo of a Yiddish intonation. Abe Rubenstein . . . is well-groomed, clean-shaven, gray hair, can be balding or not. He dresses conservatively, but wears a brightly colored tie and highly polished shoes. He shows very little aging in his movements. His speech has a slight echo of a Yiddish intonation. • Premiered at Summer Festival of New Plays, Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., telephone 617-630-9704, June 11, 19, 1999. • "A Noodle Kugle for Company" was a runner-up in the 2003 Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors competition sponsored by Ohio State University, announced June 13, 2003, where it got a professional reading. In addition,it has been performed twice. • “Eileen Heckart (1919-2001) [was] the distinguished American actress whose long career culminated in her stunning performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery (2000), for which she received the Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award. That same year she was awarded the Tony for lifetime achievement. She also was the recipient of an Academy Award (Butterflies Are Free), Golden Globe (The Bad Seed) and an Emmy (Save Me A Place at Forest Lawn). She was recognized with a Margo Jones Medal in 2000 for her long championing of new plays, having appeared in almost thirty world premiere productions.”—TRI: Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition, http://www.lib.ohio-state.edu/triweb/heckart.html, accessed July 25, 2003.

§ Themes modern Jewish life, love story for seniors, widowhood.

See also Miriam F. d’Amato’s

  • Up the Mountain and Down,” a 35-minute drama, an adaptation in English, in five scenes, set in the Land of Canaan, 1200 B.C.E., 2m1f

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