(Cheviot, OH) The Drama Workshop presents the classic drama “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Avenue, Cheviot. Performances run Nov. 7 through Nov. 23.
With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, this play is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including cowed mama’s boy Billy and silent Native American Chief Bromden.
The ward is presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched, and Ratched and McMurphy quickly recognize that each is the other’s worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases. Also adapted to an Academy Award winning movie starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” runs the range from hysterical to poignant.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is directed by Joe Penno, produced by Ray Persing, and features Chris Bishop, Clint Bramkamp, Gretchen Gantner, Jody Hart, Julia Hedges, Geoffrey Hill, Bill Keeton, Ray Lebowski, Amy Mirlisena, Kevin Noll, Ron Samad, Kent Smith, Doug Tumeo, Scott Unes, Jim Waldfogle, and Steffen Whorton.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, Nov. 8, Nov. 14, Nov. 15, Nov. 21, and Nov. 22, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 9, Nov. 16, and Nov. 23.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” features adult language and themes, and is not suitable for all audiences.
For more information or to order tickets, please call TDW’s 24/7 ticket line at 513-598-8303 or order on line at www.thedramaworkshop.org. Advanced reservation seats are $15 each, and $16 at the box office the day of the show.