Dead Peasants

by  Leif Oleson-Cormack

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f

Winner! 2012 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Contest

A worker dies in a suspicious accident while cleaning augers in an animal food pellet factory on the outskirts of a small rural community. Moving back and forth in time, we learn that his passing was actually murder on the part of the factory’s owners, two brothers who are motivated both by insurance money and one of the brother’s affections for the victim's widow.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A worker dies suspiciously while cleaning augers at an animal food pellet factory, bringing two years of intricately tangled relationships to light. Davey—a naïve aspiring tattoo artist with romantic feelings for the dead man’s wife—pleads his innocence despite being the only worker present during the accident. The factory owners--a pair of estranged brothers feuding over their late father's estate--are only concerned with how this incident will interfere with their plans to sell the struggling factory. Meanwhile, the dead man’s wife, Grace, finds herself relieved to have finally escaped the tulmultuous relationship she has been trapped in for years. Moving back and forth in time to reveal how their respective stories converge, Dead Peasants is a darkly comic thriller that examines greed, dependency and culpability in a desolate prairie town.

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  • Winner! 2012 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Contest


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: TroughKing Manufacturers' animal pellet factory and surrounding town
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 1f
BRUCE CAFFERTY - male, early 40s
MARLO CAFFERTY - male, late 30s
GRACE ESPINOZA - female, Asian, early 20s
DAVEY BURNETT - male, mid-20s
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Multicultural casting



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