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Elderly, deaf Artie Fuchs leaves his door key out each day for home helpers. Today he’s not only old and deaf, but he’s dead as well. When Frank, the food deliverer, and his pregnant wife Judi find Artie on his kitchen floor, they sit and wait for help to arrive. As they talk of parenthood over and around Artie, and the occasional doctor and ambo, they meditate on mortality and embark on a vitriolic feud about the future. Can they, indeed should they, ‘make a life’?
A shocking and funny play on sexual politics, the puzzle of reproduction and the astonishing depth of parental love.
One of eight plays selected for the 2008 Playwriting Australia Festival
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EXTRACT: Yesterday, my daughter was born and was named... [Shrugs] ... Art.Art. She arrived before her time. So small. And differently made to most of us.She's in the intensive care nursery covered in bubble-wrap. They gave her a blood transfusion last night and she looks... better than she did. She weighs 684 grams. Exactly the same as an average loaf of bread. At the moment, she has an infection and unless it takes a turn for the better they'll... do a spinal tap today to find out what's going on. That, I'm not looking forward to.