Have a Heart

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Playwrights Canada Press, 2008 - Drama - 69 pages
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Gerry is a hyperactive Jewish button importer living in a suburb of Montreal. His father Solly has been "dumped" in an old folk's home, something he refuses to let his son forget. Gerry's daughter Sarah is an adherent to Buddhism. Though he feels fine, the medical establishment tells him there's something wrong with his heart and are talking bypass. In between bouncing from waiting room to waiting room, Gerry decides he needs to finish the extravagant porch he's building which, if worst comes to worst, will be his legacy. Or a place to retire to once doctors have turned his brain to broccoli, or his daughter and father have driven him nuts. Luckily, there's Linda, his long-suffering wife who tries to keep Gerry in line and referee the family slugfests. Eventually, the family discovers healing comes in many forms.

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About the author (2008)

David Sherman is a journalist, editor, screenwriter, and author of four plays. Have a Heart, his first, was produced at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal while he was playwright-in-residence. He has since written The Daily Miracle, a play about editors working on the late-night news desk of a big city newspaper; The Empty Chair, a drama about how the lives of three young people were changed by the school shooting at Dawson College in Montreal; and Place Your Bets, a comedy about love and marriage in middle age. He has also taught screenwriting and feature writing. He lives in Montreal and shares his life with filmmaker Francine Pelletier.

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