Casting Announcement: Prairie Nurse

Factory Theatre’s 2017–18 season concludes with a farce of a different colour: the Toronto premiere of Prairie Nurse, written by Marie Beath Badian, directed by Sue Miner, and coproduced with Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Set in 1967 Arborfield, Saskatchewan, this manic comedy unravels as two Filipino nurses—Belinda Corpuz (Through the Bamboo, Soulpepper; Hilot Mean Healer, Cahoots) and Isabel Kanaan (Royal Canadian Air FarceHey ’90s Kids, You’re Old)—arrive to work at a rural hospital.

Joining Corpuz and Kanaan are theatre vets Layne Coleman (Peace River Country, Tarragon; Freud, Harold Green) and Catherine Fitch (Blyth Festival; Living In Your Car; Slings and Arrows), alongside Mark Crawford (Bed and Breakfast, Centaur/Belfry; The Winter’s Tale & Measure for Measure, Groundling), Matt Shaw (the Diddlin’ Bibbles; King John, Shakespeare BASH’d), and Janelle Hanna (Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun).

This fictional play about curious locals, sweet romance, and mistaken identity was inspired by Badian’s mother and the legacy she and others with similar experiences contributed to the fabric of Canada.

Prairie Nurse is onstage from April 21 to May 13, with opening on April 26. For tickets or more information, check out the Factory website here.

Fun facts! The cast and creative team tell us about how their mother influenced them as artists.

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