Meet Puring and Penny and Watch their Immigration tale in “Prairie Nurse”

Prairie Nurse tries to see the lighter side of   finding one’s place in a new country.

Canadian playwright Marie Beath Badian gives the account of two newly-arrived Filipino nurses in  Canada  in 1967.

Purificacion  Saberon  (Puring)  and Indepencia Uy  (Penny) came to  work at a small-town  hospital in Arborfield, Saskatchewan.

Dutchess Cayetano plays Puring while Stephanie Sy  plays  Penny in this romantic comedy  that  has also  taken the stage in other Canadian  cities after it premiered at the Blyth Festival in Ontario in 2013.



Guesting in “Good Morning Philipines” CKJS 810 AM,   Dutchess said the play  is close to “home”  that  the Filipino community can relate to. It revolves around a plot  where a hospital laboratory technician fell  love with one of the nurses but due to their  similar looks,  the guy was not able able to tell them apart.

Stephanie  expressed  excitement  and happiness having to play character of  a Filipino in  Prairie Nurse for the first time in  her journey as  theatre actor.  She believes the story is important at  this time because it tells a bit about history.

We  now wonder who the guy ended up with –was it Penny or Puring? Or he got into too much  trouble?

Dutchess  and Stephanie  also boast about how costumes play huge importance  in depicting a play that has a period set in the early 70s and late 60s.




Prairie Nurse is fictional but is based  on the true story of  Badian’s  mother’ who is a nurse who immigrated to  Saskatchewan as part of  the   first wave of  Filipino nurses who came to Canada  in the late 60s.

The  play kicks off Prairie Theatre Exchange’s 2018-2019 season.   It also stars  Pamela Halstead, Kristian Jordan, Rayna Masterton, Ross McMillan and  Robb Paterson.

Running  in Praire Exchange until Oct 21,  for ticket information and show times, visit the Praire Theare Exchange Box Office on the 3rd Floor of Portage Place, or  call 204-942-5483, or visit

Director: Ardith Boxall, Set & Costume Design: Brian Perchaluk
Lighting Design: Hugh Conacher
Sound Design: jamez
Stage Manager: Leslie Watson
Assistant Stage Manager: Ali Fulmyk











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