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Father's Prize Poland China - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Father's Prize Poland China

Shirley Sergent

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

3f

ISBN: 9780573695964

Winner! American College Theatre Festival

Once upon a time there lived in the heartland of America a farmer who had a successive string of prize Poland China hogs and two daughters, one plain and home grown, the other pretty and home flown. A gigolo enters their lives in a most upsetting man…

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Farce

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Rural Arkansas and/or Mid-West American. A hog farm with a farmhouse.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Animal spot

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play

Winner! American College Theatre Festival
Father's Prize Poland China exposes the madness of addicitons, jealousies, and strange bonds between rivaling sisters.  The psycho-farce takes place in the rural Southern kitchen of the Pulaski farmhouse and centers around the two Pulaski sisters: Pat, a wildly repressed fundamentalist; and Judy, a hard-drinking go-go dancer.  The two sisters play cat and mouse as they entangle each other in the murder of the local Don Juan,  a waitress named Flo who looks a lot like their dead mother, their father's disappearance, and the slaying of his prized hog.

"A comedy about crimes of the swine...Sergent writes with a dark whimsy that suggests one of Beth Henley's eccentric families gone haywire." - Richard Dodds, Theatre critic of Lagniapppe

Father's Prize Poland China was first presented atThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC, on April 17, 1995. 

Characters

CASTING

3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female

CASTING NOTES

Characters that never appear on stage: Dick Pulaski (father to Pat and Judy), Jim Sweeney (#1 hog trader and heart-throbbing gigolo), The "Pig" Announcer (Roy Clemmons), The "Preacher" Announcer (The Preacher).

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

PAT PULASKI - 30.Sees only black and white, either or, with no vision for anything resembling the middle. It's either yes or no, do or don't.  Her black and white kitchen gives a visual image of her mind. The older sister, Pat is a repressed fundamentalist who sees herself as pure and good.
JUDY PULASKI -  25. While drunk most of her life, sees that reality as painfully real.  She is ultra-sensitive and a voice for the well-being of hogs. The younger sister, Judy is a hard-drinking sensitive and caring go-go dancer
FLO POTTER (alias STELLA) - Comes back as a waitress who wants to marry Dick Pulaski and get possession of the farm. Appears 40 but is in truth 50.

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Shirley Sergent

Shirley Sergent

Shirley Sergent started writing plays in the second half of her adult life, the same time she was ready to put to sleep her years of general accounting.  Her first play, The Bet, was conceived while looking at Central Park from a twelfth  floor west side apartment window; however, her excitement of writing for stage started just before when she had a bit part in Feiffer's People.  It was the magic ... view full profile

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Shirley A. Sergent [W] 5/10/2014 8:02 AM
The play reveals how living an either-or world distorts anything that resembles a life with balance.  The black and white kitchen demonstrates how the mind operates for Pat Pulaski.  Her mind is void of all the other colors that normalcy reveals. She can't see them, and when she does, she feels an urgent need to remove them.  This is the most absurdist part of the play - everything else that happens evolves around it.  

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