Petunia and Chicken is an award winning educational play that breathes new life into the works of great Americana author Willa Cather (1873-1947).

The play borrows text, characters, and story from all three of the novels in Cather’s Prairie Trilogy (My Antonia, O Pioneers!, and Song of the Lark) to create a fun and moving work of historical fiction that has entertained audiences across 9 states and 2 countries,

Themes explored in Cather’s work include the importance of the land, the struggle between duty to one’s family and to oneself, the pioneering desire to move and start somewhere new, and the immigrant experience.  All of this rich source material provides the basis for Petunia and Chicken.

With nothing but a hat and a scarf, just two daring performers create an epic story of love and loss that’s as big as the prairie itself. Spanning the years 1880 to 1900; the play unfolds against the backdrop of an unforgiving landscape as it transforms into America’s Breadbasket.

Browse the site to learn more about the show, and contact Karim at karim@animalengine.com to schedule a performance!

The school performance of Petunia and Chicken was incredibly moving! It was educational, comedic, tragic, and thought provoking! I wish they could have stayed in Sioux City and performed the show for all the high schools and middle schools! I hope to have you all back very soon!

—Teacher Testimonial

“The actors/instructors did exactly what all great teachers do: made the students comfortable and feel welcome, give instruction, practice, and then combine it all. Very enjoyable to see the students perform and having a truly liberating time with their many talents, and playing off one another for even better creativity, with these very skilled artists.

—Teacher Testimonial

Now booking January - April 2017

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