About the Script
The Alcoholidays writing project's genesis was in a very unusual location -- Interstate 40 in Oklahoma on Christmas Day. Melanie and Ted were in the middle of carrying out their yearly tradition of driving from her parents' house in Choctaw to his parents' in Spiro. They started talking about how different their families are and how those differences manifest themselves even more over the holidays. Ted’s family is fairly quiet and reserved, and Melanie's is the complete opposite. Ted’s family opens presents one at a time while everyone watches, and Melanie’s family rips them open at the same time. Ted’s family doesn't do a lot of drinking, while Christmas breakfast with Melanie’s family would not be complete without a copious amount of mimosas.
On this fateful holiday, Melanie got out our laptop while Ted drove, and they took notes about the interesting, awkward, and funny scenarios during family get-togethers. Over the next few years, taking these notes became their Christmas tradition during this drive. After awhile the couple branched out to taking notes about other Christmas parties such as those with coworkers and with friends. They did all of this wanting to do something with the writing, but not having anything specific in mind.
In summer of 2013, the writing duo had the privilege of meeting the wonderful people of the NextStage Theatre Company in Oklahoma City while at deadCENTER. The NextStage folks asked the couple if they would be interested in writing an original stage play. Melanie and Ted kicked around several ideas, but decided to read over the years of Christmas notes and laughed so hard they knew they had to bring this to life.
The script features a young couple as they attend four Christmas parties: Work, Family 1, Family 2, and Friends. While writing, the characters took on a life of their own, so there are really only traces of real family members and friends found in this play, but reflecting on family weirdness during the holidays is where it all began.