Arizona Storytellers: Charlie Steak

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:57am
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Charlie Steak shares his love of Christmas with a woman who hates it.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Charlie Steak said he fell in love with Christmas when he was six. And even after he was estranged from his family years later, Charlie celebrated with anyone around him.

After college, Charlie moved to a ramshackle house in northern California with a woman named Marla and her three kids. 

They were very poor, and soon Charlie learned that Marla hated Christmas partly because of that. She wouldn’t let him put up a tree or celebrate in any way.

But one year, Charlie and Marla tried to make the holiday special for the kids, and it turned out ok.

But soon after, the house they were living in was sold. Charlie moved to Oregon and Marla stayed in California.

Charlie Steak is a playwright and actor living in Phoenix.

The next storytelling event is Tuesday, Jan. 31 at South Mountain Community College.

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