Prairie Nurse

Written by:

Marie Beath Badian

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Farce
Romantic Comedy

Themes:

Culture
Diaspora
Filipino
History
Identity
Immigration

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2013

Synopsis:

Prairie Nurse, which premiered at the Blyth Festival, is a comedy about two Filipino nurses who come to work at a small-town Saskatchewan hospital in the late 1960s. Cultural clashes, personality differences, homesickness, and the amorous but dim-witted goalie from the local hockey team complicate the women’s lives. Based on the true story of her mother’s immigration to Canada, Badian’s play is part romantic comedy, part farce, and part cultural history.” (From the Publisher’s Website)

Characters:

PATRICIA “PATSY” HACKETT: 17 years old, candy striper.

MARIE ANNE LUSSIER: 45 years old, pronounced “Marion.” She is Matron of Arborfield Community Hospital. She is a chain-smoker, a coffee addict and puts salt on everything she eats.

PURIFICATION “PURING” SABERON: 23 years old, Filipino Nurse from Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines.

INDEPENCIA “PENNY” UY: 25 years old, Filipino Nurse from Quezon City, Manila, Philippines via California.

CHARLIE GOVENLOCK: 50 years old, caretaker of Aborfield Community Hospital.

WILFRED “WILF” KLASSEN: 25 years old, lab technician and goalie recruited from Uranium City to Arborfield Community Hospital to play for the Aborfield Flyers.

DR. MILES MacGREGGOR: 46 years old, Scottish ex-pat physician of Arborfield Community Hospital, a passion for all things fast and outdoors.

First Produced:

Blyth Festival, 2013

Resources:

Published by Scirocco Drama. Also available through the CPO Website.

Additional information on Prairie Nurse is available through the Publisher’s Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Read about Filipino Canadians on the Canadian Encyclopedia website here.

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