Prudy and Pruitt Prouty have sad news this Christmas. Their once successful business, Seagull Commander, is facing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They are forced to lay off all their employees and liquidate their assets. Melvin Maldaput is the first employee they break the news to as he and his wife Miranda have become their friends. Last year Melvin was facing Chapter 7 bankruptcy and the Proutys were able to help him.
Melvin is upset because he was counting on using his Christmas bonus for a family trip. Adding to the tension, the Proutys get a surprise visit from their estranged son, Pete, whom they haven’t seen in many years. Pete has been dating a real-life Princess named Adriana. Pete has invited the whole royal family to the Prouty estate for Christmas. Pete plans to propose to Adriana and wants to impress the royal family by exploiting his family’s wealth.
The Maldaputs agree to help the Proutys convince the royals that they’re still well-to-do. Will Pete and the royals discover the truth about the Proutys’ bankruptcy and realize that true worth doesn’t come from wealth or from people, but from God?
This is the sequel to Chapter Seven Christmas; however, the play stands on its own.
With Andrew M. Frodahl
What inspired you to write this play? Many churches and theatres reached out wanting to know what happened to the Maldaput's and Prouty's. Sequels are hard to pull off so it took awhile to find the right story to tell.
What's your favorite part or line in the play? Why? When Dennis reveals himself to Melvin and Tate. Once Dennis shows up a lot of hilarity ensues.
Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know? Many of them are but I shall keep their identities secret.
What did you try to achieve with this play? The first play, Chapter Seven Christmas, is about realizing we all have a debt to pay. Chapter Eleven Christmas is about realizing where our value/worth comes from. It's not from things.