One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
By Dale Wasserman
From the Novel by Ken Kesey
Directed by Patrick Ciamacco
Blank Canvas Theatre
At 78th Street Studios
1305 West 78th Street, Suite 211
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
July 18 - August 2
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
"Cuckoo is captivating." - N.Y. Post.
"Scarifying and powerful." - N.Y. Times.
"Funny, touching, and exciting." - N.Y. Daily News.
"One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times." - WPIX TV.
Ken Kesey was smack dab in the center of the counter-culture during the turbulent 60’s. When he wrote his novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” his goal was to capture the radical anti-establishment mood of the 1960s. The success of this book allowed Kesey to gather together a group of like minded “freaks” (as we were called back then) who traveled the country in a school bus called “Further” as the Merry Pranksters. Their antics were documented in the book “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe.
Randle P. McMurphy has been in trouble and jails most of his life. At some point in his incarceration he realizes that getting a transfer to a psychiatric hospital will be easier an easier time for him than prison. What he does not count on is tyrannical Nurse Ratched who rules the ward with an iron fist and is not above using electro shock therapy in order to keep her charges in line.
Into her world of order comes this off the wall crazy person who may not be as crazy as he seems. Randle simply wants to have a good time and in doing so he wants all those around him to share in the fun as well. This results in a titanic battle of the wills as nurse and patient fight over control of the inmates. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” takes us back to that era when conformity and individuality were in direct conflict with one another as well as asking some probing questions about what truly is mental illness. In the end we will wait to see just who will be flying from the nest.
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