Little Women

Book By: L. Don Swartz
Play #: 8284
Pages: 76 pgs
Cast: 7 w, 3 m

This poignantly-drawn play chronicles the life-changing events of the March family during a turbulent period of the Civil War. Marmee, the loving mother, and Hannah, the loyal housekeeper, steer the family through troubled waters while Father is away ministering. The four March daughters include Meg, the oldest who's determined to acquire the finer things in life; Jo, tomboyish yet passionate about her writing; Beth, a quiet musician; and Amy, the youngest, an artist who tends to put on airs. Their joys, sorrows, loves and losses are played against the backdrop of a divided country. Through it all, the sisters endure with a healthy dose of faith and the March family legendary sense of humor. Along the way, the girls learn the value of family and friendship. All the most familiar episodes from the beloved novel are here as well as less familiar material, including Amy and Laurie's courtship and Aunt March's eleventh-hour reconciliation with the family. Males roles include Laurie, a close neighbor; John Brooke, a teacher and Meg's suitor; and Professor Bhaer, a German scholar who falls in love with Jo. A beautiful, timeless drama.

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CORE BUTTE CHARTER SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CHICO, CA 5/6/2019
KINGS PLAYERS 11 Performance(s)
LEMOORE, CA 7/27/2018
STAGE DOOR PLAYERS 4 Performance(s)
FREMONT, MI 5/4/2018
CORNING HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CORNING, AR 3/3/2018
HOMESCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NEWTOWN, CT 1/15/2018
CLAYTON RIDGE SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
GUTTENBERG, IA 11/3/2017
ST. FRANCIS DESALES HS 2 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, OH 10/28/2017
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
WIXOM, MI 10/28/2017
GEORGE ROGERS CLARK HIGH SCHOO 1 Performance(s)
WINCHESTER, KY 5/17/2017
MORMON TRAIL JRSR HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GARDEN GROVE, IA 4/22/2017
WOOSTER CITY SCHOOLS 4 Performance(s)
WOOSTER, OH 4/15/2017
SPRINGHOUSE THEATRE COMPANY 7 Performance(s)
SMYRNA, TN 2/10/2017
MOAPA VALLEY HS THEATRE DEPT. 3 Performance(s)
OVERTON, NV 11/15/2016
DRAMA CLUB 3 Performance(s)
NEW BREMEN , OH 2/15/2016
WASHINGTONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WASHINGTONVILLE, NY 11/12/2015
STARRY NIGHT THEATRE INC 8 Performance(s)
NORTH TONAWANDA, NY 2/12/2015
MCGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC DRAMA 3 Performance(s)
MOBILE, AL 11/12/2014
LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LAGRANGE, GA 10/19/2014
LAKESIDE BAPTIST ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
GRANBURY, TX 5/9/2014
NORTON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
NORTON, MA 5/9/2014
LAKE REGION CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BAXTER, MN 3/28/2014
MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SANFORD, MI 12/6/2013
THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE 3 Performance(s)
BELLINGHAM, WA 7/19/2013
THE LINCOLN THEATRE GUILD 6 Performance(s)
LINCOLNTON, NC 6/14/2013
LINCOLN JR. HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LINCOLN, IL 4/26/2013
SJHS 1 Performance(s)
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA 4/13/2013
FONTBONNE ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
MILTON, MA 4/9/2013
RIVER FOREST HIGH SCH 2 Performance(s)
HOBART, IN 3/22/2013
EHS DRAMA DEPT. 2 Performance(s)
EDGERTON, MN 11/3/2012
FRONTIER MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HAMBURG, NY 11/1/2012
PALACE THEATRE 4 Performance(s)
MARLIN, TX 9/20/2012
JACKSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, AL 5/4/2012
CORN BIBLE ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
CORN, OK 11/4/2011
FORT BRAGG UNIFIED SCHOOL DIST 3 Performance(s)
FORT BRAGG, CA 10/28/2011
PORTLAND ADVENTIST ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
PORTLAND, OR 5/12/2011
MONRONEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MIDWEST CITY, OK 11/15/2010
CHOICE 1 Performance(s)
TUPELO, MS 11/13/2009
SEABREEZE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL 11/13/2009
BUCKSPORT HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WINTERPORT, ME 4/9/2009
GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RALEIGH, NC 3/6/2009
THE ATTIC THEATRE 8 Performance(s)
BOTHELL, WA 2/13/2009
FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FAIRFIELD, PA 12/19/2008
OKEECHOBEE HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
OKEECHOBEE, FL 10/3/2008
CHET 1 Performance(s)
PLEASANT VIEW, TN 5/13/2008
ABINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ABINGTON, MA 3/1/2008
LS CHILDREN 1 Performance(s)
LIME SPRINGS, IA 2/29/2008
JAMES A. CAWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HARLAN, KY 2/1/2008
MILLENNIUM MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SOUTH LYON, MI 12/13/2007
TRYPS CHILDREN 4 Performance(s)
COLUMBIA, MO 12/7/2007
LAMPLIGHT THEATRE 6 Performance(s)
SMYRNA, TN 11/30/2007
ABINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ABINGTON, MA 11/16/2007
MT. ZION HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MT. ZION, IL 10/26/2007
FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, NC 5/19/2007
FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, NC 5/18/2007
SHELTON SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DALLAS, TX 5/15/2007
FRANKLIN PIERCE HIGH SCHOOL 5 Performance(s)
TACOMA, WA 4/26/2007
MEMORIAL PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FORT WAYNE, IN 3/1/2007
LS CHILDREN 2 Performance(s)
LIME SPRINGS, IA 2/16/2007
FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ROANOKE, VA 11/17/2006
HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HARRISON, AR 11/15/2006
MUHLENBERG COMM.THEATRE, INC 6 Performance(s)
GREENVILLE, KY 9/22/2006
MERRIMACK VALLEY BAPTIST CHURC 1 Performance(s)
NASHUA, NH 6/19/2006
MOUNT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
THORNDIKE, ME 5/15/2006
CLARKSVILLE AC 2 Performance(s)
CLARKSVILLE, TN 5/9/2006
CASCADE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 6 Performance(s)
PUYALLUPW, WA 4/20/2006
COLBY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
COLBY, WI 3/31/2006
WYOMING SEMINARY LOWER SCH 2 Performance(s)
KINGSTON, PA 2/17/2006
WASHBURN EDISON JR ACADEMY 3 Performance(s)
DULUTH, MN 1/11/2006
LAKEVIEW HS 2 Performance(s)
LAKEVIEW, MI 12/9/2005
JACKSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, AL 11/15/2005
WAVERLY HIGH SCHOLL 2 Performance(s)
WAVERLY, OH 11/11/2005
WEST MARSHALL ELEMENTARY 2 Performance(s)
STATE CENTER, IA 11/5/2005
W HANCOCK HIGH SCHL 2 Performance(s)
BRITT, IA 11/4/2005
ETOWAH BOARD OF EDUCATION 3 Performance(s)
GADSDEN, AL 10/13/2005
LENA SCH DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
LENA, WI 6/1/2005
ODENVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ODENVILLE, AL 5/1/2005
LYRIC ARTS COMPANY 11 Performance(s)
ANOKA, MN 4/6/2005
CLEVELAND SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
CLEVELAND, MS 2/22/2005
EXCELSIOR EDUCATION CENTER 3 Performance(s)
HESPERIA, CA 12/12/2004
FREEDOM MIDDLE 1 Performance(s)
FREDERICKSBURG, VA 3/17/2004
ARGO HS 1 Performance(s)
SUMMIT, IL 2/17/2004

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT L. DON SWARTZ

TALKS ABOUT "LITTLE WOMEN"

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ADAPTATION?

 

A: I wanted an adaptation that spoke to today's generation.

 

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

 

A: Beth's goodbye speech because it is profound without being sappy.

 

Q: WHEN DID YOU START WRITING?

 

A: In the third grade I started writing poetry.

 

Q: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A PLAYWRIGHT?

 

A: I wrote a play while in the 5th grade, and my teacher let us put it on for the rest of the students.

 

Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WRITING PLAYS?

 

A: Re-writing. I love to fix things.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE WRITING PROCESS?

 

A: Getting started. It is so easy to find excuses not to write on any given day.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING A PLAY?

 

A: Clarity, pace, the audience, the length.

 

Q: WHERE DO YOUR CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

 

A: Composites of people I know.

 

Q: WHAT DO YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH YOUR PLAYS?

 

A: To encourage people to re-evaluate how they feel about things. To encourage people to examine their values.

 

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

 

A: I like walking and all things horror. I collect and build monster models and have an extensive horror film and book collection. In my spare time, I read scary books and watch scary movies!