Spaghetti Code

Playwright and frequent Houston Press contributor Abby Koenig tells us her latest work, the black comedy Spaghetti Code, was inspired by but not exactly based on her own life. Koenig and her husband struggled for years with infertility. It was, she says, rough going. “You spend most of your waking moments thinking about babies and you start to blame yourself. Every little thing you did or do, you question if it is affecting your fertility. You become kinda crazy. It’s a slow boil, though, but all of a sudden I found myself trying anything. Like drinking fertility shakes with bee pollen; I’m not kidding.”

In Spaghetti Code, a woman arranges for her husband and best friend to conceive a child the natural way (with sex and everything). Nothing could go wrong with that plan, right? Koenig and her husband had eventually started talking about adoption and surrogacy. “My family and friends were all very supportive and offered their eggs or to be a surrogate, etc. And it got me thinking, how far would I go? If I would be willing to adopt a baby that was someone else’s and if I could give my husband the opportunity to have the baby have his DNA, and…If I could pick the woman he would have the baby with? Would I do that? That’s where this play came from. How far would you go to have a baby? Would you ask your husband and best friend to sleep together? I wouldn’t, for the record!”

Thankfully she didn’t have to. Less than a month after finishing Spaghetti Code, Koenig found out she was pregnant with twins. Both boys are happy and healthy…and keeping their mom up late at night.

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