Full Length Play
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
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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.