Hudson Theatre Works, New Jersey’s newest Equity theatre company will follow up last season’s successful production of Of Mice and Men and begin its second season with Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic tale of freedom and compassion, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It is scheduled to run Thursdays through Sundays, May 10th - 24th, at the Theatre at Weehawken High School, 53 Liberty Place, Weehawken, New Jersey, evenings at 8:00 PM and matinees at 2 PM. Tickets are $25 each, with senior and student discounts available.
Actors, Terence MacSweeny (Redrum and Celebrity Ghost Stories) and Leigh Anne West (You’ve Got Hate Mail and the movie Scare Zone) will play the iconic characters McMurphy and Nurse Ratched respectively. Also in the cast as Harding is Michael Puzzo, (LAByrinth Theater Company since 1997, and Father Sherman in John Patrick Shanley’s movie DOUBT). All are veterans of stage, film, and television. Terence MacSweeny’s theatre credits include New Jersey Shakespeare Festival’s, Henry VI and Iago at the Shakespeare Exchange, NY. Leigh Anne West is a multi-talented theatre artist who played in Pride and Prejudice at Asolo Theater Company and Darwin in Malibu. Michael Puzzo’s credits are as a writer and actor. As a writer his most recent productions were “Spirits of Exit Eleven” at the Lion Theatre and “The Dirty Talk.” As an actor he appeared in John Patrick Shanley’s PIRATE! (New York Stage & Film) & DIRTY STORY (Harold Clurman Theater), as well as Stephen Adly Guigis’ IN ARABIA WE’D ALL BE KINGS.
Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the unforgettable story of a mental hospital and its inhabitants. When a brash new inmate arrives, the rigid program of the ward is thrown up for grabs. In a world where sanity means conformity and following the rules is the only way to survive, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a powerful exploration of both the beauty and the danger of being an original.
Other members of the cast of 16 include actors Kevin Huelbig, Lawrence Mays, Scott Tyler, Frank Blaeuer, Ian McGonigle, Tom Jeszeck, Salvadore Navarro, Sly Alexander, Gina Chedid, Jacqueline Schreiber, Mimi Robinson and Jeff Foote. Production team is stage manager David Givens, scenic/lighting designer John C. Shimrock, the company’s resident designer, costume designer Ann Lowe, and sound designer Donald Stark. Hudson Theatre Works was founded by New Jersey residents Frank Licato, Gregory Erbach, and Karen Brady.
The production is directed by the company’s Artistic Director, Frank Licato. Mr. Licato (director of the Off-Broadway productions of Requiem for a Heavyweight, Lamppost Reunion with Vincent Pastore, and Michael Puzzo’s Spirits of Exit Eleven) is the winner of a Perry Award for Best Director for his production of Grapes of Wrath, as well as an Applause Award from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Hudson Theatre Works is committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions, and the surrounding community. It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic and will seek to tell stories both new and old, classic and contemporary, which reflect our lives, relationships, and world today. Hudson Theatre Works’ primary focus is in bringing a living theatre community to the area of Hudson and greater North Jersey through affordable performance, outreach, and theatre arts education. Off-Broadway theatre at affordable prices.