Prairie Nurse at LFT plays falling in love for laughs

PORT DOVER A couple of prairie nurses will be coming to the Lighthouse Festival Theatre from July 25 to Aug. 10.Directed by Audrey Dwyer and written by Marie Beath Badian, Prairie Nurse stars Maia Alvina, Lia Luz, Simon Gagnon, Carmen Grant, David Leyshon, Hallie Seline and Kristian Truelsen.“Prairie Nurse is a farcical comedy that is about falling in love and seeing people for who they really are,” said Dwyer.The story follows two Filipino nurses — Alvina and  Luz — who travel to a small town in Saskatchewan to work in a hospital in the late 1960s. It is based on the true story of Badian’s mother’s immigration to Canada.“It’s about intention, and super objective and focusing on what each and every character wants in the play,” Dwyer said about her approach to the directing.Alvina, of Toronto, had wanted to see the show when it played in her city. She was unable to make it to any of the performances but she spent time researching the story and the playwright.“My agent subtly sent me an email asking if I wanted to do this show and I jumped all over them,” said Alvina. “I was over the moon when I found out I was part of the cast.”The actors said they are learning more about their families in the process.Luz said she found out that similar situations to those in the play happened to members of her family during their immigration to Canada.“I just loved seeing that these two characters are Filipino,” she said. “We don’t see a lot of Filipino people in the media, or in any art form really. They’re Filipino, they’re not a stereotype, and that just made me so excited.”Alvina and Luz said the play is about more than the race of the main characters.“What’s really beautiful about the play itself is that it’s just two different women trying to establish themselves that happen to be Filipino,” said Alivna. “It’s a very human play and there’s representation on all fronts.”“I feel like, at its core, it’s about being human,” said Luz.“You see all of these people just trying to get to what they want to achieve. We might have different colour skin, we might be from a different place, but, at the end of the day, we’re all here together.”Prairie Nurse will open on July 25 at 8 p.m. Ticket information is available on the Lighthouse Festival Theatre [email protected] read more