One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by  Dale Wasserman, Ken Kesey

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  13m, 4f

Winner! 2001 Tony® Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by  Dale Wasserman Ken Kesey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. He quickly 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. 
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2001 Tony® Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
    Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

Reviews

"Cuckoo is captivating." - New York Post

"Scarifying and powerful." - The New York Times

"Funny, touching, and exciting." - New York 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

Keywords

Illness/Health

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1960s
  • Setting: The Day Room in a ward of a State Mental Hospital somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

13m, 4f
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
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

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, b ...

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Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey

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

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