#124 – Belinda Corpuz and Isabel Kanaan from Factory Theatre’s Prairie Nurse
Belinda is active in Toronto’s professional and independent theatre scene. She has developed new Canadian works with Carlos Bulosan Theatre (CBT), Fu-GEN, Cahoots, Soulpepper Theatre, Pencil Kit Productions, and Expect Theatre (as part of the Beats + Intentions Emerging Artist Program). Selected theatre credits include: Through the Bamboo – Staged Reading (Soulpepper Theatre, as part of the Shen Development Series), Perfect Couples (Pencil Kit Productions, 2017 Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals), Hilot Means Healer – Staged Reading (Cahoots Theatre Projects), ANAK (Carlos Bulosan Theatre), Kaldero (Carlos Bulosan Theatre) In the Shadow of Elephants (Carlos Bulosan Theatre), Shotgun Wedding (Carlos Bulosan Theatre, 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival).
Belinda has also worked with Toronto-based theatre company, Carlos Bulosan Theatre, as former Artistic Associate and member of their Collective Creation Ensemble, as a theatre creator and performer. Most recently, she debuted Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s original play, ANAK, as co-playwright, actor, and sound designer/music composer.
Isabel is a Second City graduate and Seneca College Acting for Camera and Voice alumna. She has been awarded the NBC Universal Bob Curry Fellowship. She is a member of CBC’s sketch comedy troupe Air Farce, the Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe The Sketchersons, and Second City’s House Ensemble and Educational Company.
Isabel is a Filipino-Canadian film and theatre actor fluent in Tagalog and English. Aside from her successes in comedy, she is also known for her lead role in the series Haunted or Hoax, which won the NYC Web Fest’s Audience Choice Award.
She regularly performs with the Asian Canadian theatre company fu-GEN Theatre and the Filipino Canadian theatre company Carlos Bulosan Theatre. She even co-wrote and performed in CBT’s production Anak.
It’s winter in the prairies, late 1960s. Two young nurses, just off the plane from the Philippines, arrive at a rural hospital in Arborfield, Saskatchewan – population 300. No one can tell the two nurses apart; including the dim-witted lab technician at the hospital who falls in love with one of them but accidentally courts both. Homesickness, unfamiliar customs, and amorous advances complicate the women’s lives.
A culture-clashing comedy of errors with heart, PRAIRIE NURSE was inspired by the playwright’s mother and the legacy she and others with similar experiences have contributed to the fabric of Canada.
Written by Marie Beath Badian | Directed by Sue Miner
Featuring Layne Coleman, Belinda Corpuz, Mark Crawford, Catherine Fitch,
Janelle Hanna, Isabel Kanaan, Matt Shaw
Set Design by Jung-Hye Kim | Costume Design by Anna Treusch
Lighting Design by Jareth Li | Sound Design by Lyon Smith
April 21 – May 13, 2018