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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

13m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573613432

Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey

Winner! 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
"Cuckoo is captivating." - N.Y. Post.
"Scarifying and powerful." - N.Y. Times.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Adaptations (Literature)

Time Period - Contemporary, 1960s

Settings Of Play - The Day Room in a ward of a State Mental Hospital somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway

Winner! 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival.

"Cuckoo is captivating." - N.Y. Post.

"Scarifying and powerful." - N.Y. Times.

"Funny, touching, and exciting." - N.Y. Daily News.

"Brilliant. The stuff of great theatre." - WQR Radio

"Transforms the audience into one wild cheering section." - WNYC Radio.

"One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times." - WPIX TV.

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST opened at the Cort Theatre in New York City on November 13, 1963.
Characters

CASTING

13m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

CHIEF BROMDEN - a patient
AIDE WARREN - staff
AIDE WILLIAMS - staff
NURSE RATCHED - staff
NURSE FLINN - staff
DALE HARDING - a patient
ELLIS
BILLY BIBBIT - a patient
SCANLON - a patient
CHESWICK - a patient
MARTINI - a patient
RUCKLY - a patient
FREDERICKS
SEFELT
COL. MATTERSON
RANDLE P. MCMURPHY
DR. SPIVEY - staff
AIDE TURKLE - staff
CANDY STARR
NURSE NAKAMURA
TECHNICIAN
SANDRA
AIDE
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)
Dale Wasserman

Dale Wasserman

Dale Wasserman wrote for theater, television and film for more than 50 years and is best known for the musical Man of La Mancha, a multiple Tony Award winner. He also wrote the stage play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on Ken Kesey’s novel, which has won several Tony Awards. Both shows continue to be produced nationally and internationally with an estimated 300 productions a year. In ... view full profile

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Reviews
Mark Harborth 7/10/2015 7:09 AM
A truly great piece of writing for an ensemble cast. Beware the language if you have delicate patrons; however Mr. Wasserman does address the issue in his production notes. Don't pass this up.
Raymond Lebowski 6/28/2015 8:00 PM
Don't get me wrong here.  The movie is great.  It dared to be a great story, with incredible acting, not a product of market research, and without a chirpy, perky, Disneyfied ending.  But this play has more grit, more substance, more...possibilities.  Explore the text.  See the possibilities within the supporting characters.  Mac and Nurse Ratched are the leads, but it's not just them; if you do it correctly, this is great ENSEMBLE work.  And above all, tell your McMurphy to be McMurphy, not Jack Nicholson--there's only one Jack-as-Mac and your guy isn't him.
Jason Worthington 4/2/2015 8:42 AM

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