Playwright Jim Bain
Talks About "A.L.I.C.E."
Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A.: A dream. I awoke one morning thinking about a dysfunctional family that wasn't really dysfunctional at all.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE LINE? WHY?
A.: It's Aunt Edna's line when she's struggling to come up with something really earthshaking: "Well... well... well... I slept with Superman." This line is typical of Aunt Edna and the other Flam family members too - silly, absurd, attempting to achieve shock value. This line always gets a big laugh.
Q.: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
A.: No one that I know personally. Aunt Edna is a "Minnie Pearl" type character. The rest of the family is just a stereotypical family.
Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A.: My goal was to develop likable characters who begin revealing questionable underbellies. I wanted to draw in the audience at the same time that the audience was witnessing Jeffrey being drawn into the circumstances. Then, I wanted to shock the audience at the same moment Jeffery was shocked into the reality of the situation. I wanted the audience to feel that, in the end, the Flams were really a pretty decent family.