Jess Abrabmovitch, Sarah Cornell, Stephanie Sy & Lana Carillo. Photo by Terry Manzo

Prairie Nurse

By Marie Beath Badian

Prairie Nurse 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.

NNNN - "Prairie Nurse, a terrific new romantic comedy, would make a great TV pilot. Marie Beath Badian’s comedy of errors about two Filipina nurses in 1960s Saskatchewan is funny but also sheds light on a particular kind of Canadian racism"

NOW MagazineJordan Bimm

"...a unique achievement in playwrighting"

Toronto StarKaren Fricker

'Prairie Nurse' is bound to cure what ails you with a health dose of laughter....

The RecordKitchener/Waterloo

Badian has woven together an amusing and heart-warming tale around a piece of Canadian history, thus preserving this interesting piece of past Prairie life.

Entertain This ThoughtMary Alderson

Prairie Nurse prescribes laughs at the Blyth Festival

The CitizenBlyth

'Prairie Nurse' - a rich story with a cast of quirky characters

Huron News Now

"Prairie Nurse is a mix of culture-clashing chaos and offbeat Canadiana"

The Globe and MailBrad Wheeler

"Satirically brilliant"


Production Details

3 Male

4 Female

1 hr 30 minutes with intermission

By Marie Beath Badian

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April 26, 2011

PAST EVENT: Prairie Nurse – Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover, ON) July 24 – August 10, 2019

February 11, 2011

PAST EVENT: Prairie Nurse – Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, MB), October 4-21, 2018

February 4, 2011

PAST EVENT: Prairie Nurse – Thousand Islands Playhouse, Springer Theatre, August 24 – September 15, 2018

January 26, 2011

PAST EVENT: Prairie Nurse – Station Arts Centre (Rosthern, SK) July 8-August 5, 2018

Production History

Prairie Nurse premiered at the Blyth Festival on August 9th, 2013. Directed by Sue Miner.
Factory Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, April 2018
Stations Arts Centre, Rosthern, Saskatchewan, July 2018
Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque, Ontario, August 2018
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 2018
Lighthouse Festival Theatre, July 2019
Showboat Festival Theatre, August 2019
Published by Scirocco Drama 2018

Cover, Scirocco Drama

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