One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Mar 16, 2018 | 07:30PM - 09:30PM
The Lindsay Community Theater proudly presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on the book by Ken Kesey.

Date & Time:
March 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30 PM
March 18 at 2:00 PM

$10 Adults
$5 Students
This play is for mature audiences and contains adult themes.

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Lindsay Community Theatre
190 N. Elmwood
Lindsay, CA  

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the story of Randall P. McMurphy, a rambunctious character who gets himself committed to the hospital to get out of working on the County Work Farm. He was serving a short sentence in the county jail for fighting. Upon his arrival he meets the other patients on the ward, Harding (Mike Newman), Cheswick (Jim Keeton), Scanlon (Dennis Medders), Billy Bibbit (Jessie Dugan), and Martini (Pedro Nava). These men are the “acutes,” supposedly curable patients. Also on the ward are the “chronics,” supposedly incurable patients. One is Ruckley (Steve Ross) who stands against a window with his arms outstretched most of the time, as if crucified. The other is Chief “Broom” Bromden (Jeremy Waterman), who pretends to be deaf and mute to escape the notice of the world. He is often harassed by the two ward Aides, Williams (Glen Lilly) and Warren (Mike Caskin), who keep him busy sweeping by giving him a broom. McMurphy soon runs up against the Big Nurse Ratched (Nancy Wills), who runs the ward and keeps the patients on a tight leash. She is assisted in her tasks by Nurse Flinn (Jennifer Keeton), Nurse Jenkins (Elizabeth Johnson), and Dr. Spivey (Jim Kliegl). During her daily group meetings Ratched “picks” at each man’s weakness, trying to get them to break down. During his first meeting, McMurphy clashes with Ratched about what she is doing to the men. He describes her tactics to the other patients as a “pecking party” where each person in turn is picked on by the others. McMurphy is a gambling man, and he soon has the patients in debt to him by running a black jack game. He then makes the biggest bet of all, saying he can get the “Big Nurse” to crack inside of a week. He sets out to do it by his constant annoying behavior. Just as he is about to win his bet, he finds out that Ratched has ultimate power over him. He is committed to the institution, which means he can only be released if Ratched agrees. She can keep him there the rest of his life. The other patients encourage him to run away, but McMurphy has one last fling planned, a party on the ward to which he is sneaking in two women, Candy Starr (Shawna Goodman) and Sandra (Aimee Caskin). McMurphy has specifically brought Candy to be with Billy Bibbit, to “cash in his virginity.” The girls have brought liquor, and soon everyone is drunk. Nurse Ratched breaks in on the party and discovers Billy with a “cheap, low, painted prostitute.” When she threatens to tell Billy’s mother, he breaks down and blames McMurphy for “making me do it.” She sends him to Dr. Spivey’s office to await “therapy,” but instead, Billy commits suicide. Ratched blames McMurphy for his death, and he attacks her, choking her badly. The aids finally pull him off before he can kill her.