Father's Prize Poland China

by  Shirley Sergent

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3f

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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Father's Prize Poland China

by  Shirley Sergent

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • Winner! American College Theatre Festival

Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Rural Arkansas and/or Mid-West American. A hog farm with a farmhouse.
  • Additional Features: Animal spot
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

3f

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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Cast 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).

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Authors

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.

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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. 

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