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
This play is for mature audiences and contains adult themes.
tickets at lindsaycommunitytheater.com
For more information:
Lindsay Community Theatre
190 N. Elmwood
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.