Chickens

Written by:

Lucia Frangione

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Comedy
Musical/Opera

Themes:

Agriculture
Animals
Business
Money
Relationships

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

1994

Synopsis:

“Pal escapes from his woes of bankruptcy and immerses himself in the world of raising exotic chickens while his wife, Liza, tries to keep the family farm afloat. Meanwhile, in the chicken coop, two roosters and two hens parallel the couple’s life and get down and dirty with the pressures of egg fertilization, the country poultry fair and the question of flying.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Pal Grandfield: A middle-aged broke Albertan farmer. Pali is a tender-hearted, philosophical dreamer and a whimsical romantic.

Liza Grandfield: Pal’s wife. She is a prairie warrior woman of great industry and vivacity, a determined optimist.

Butter Ball: A silver-spangled bantam hen. She is Liza’s heart.

His Nibs: A silver-spangled bantam rooster. He is Pal’s intellect and creativity.

Alphonso: A Plymouth barred rock bantam rooster. He is Pal’s machismo.

Stewer: A renegade mass-production laying hen. She is Liza’s ferocious pride.

First Produced:

1994, Rosebud Theatre

Resources:

Chickens is available through the Canadian Play Outlet Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Chickens was professionally produced by Chemainus Theatre in Chemainus, BC, June to August 1995.

Visit the playwright’s website here.