The award-winning film was inspired by the strong stage play which looks at the real people behind the stereotypes of mental illness and the clash of wills between a charming rogue and a fierce and fear-based nurse. A beautiful drama with comedic candor that questions the nature of “healing.”
Sometimes a play becomes a revolution, an idea lights the night sky, and a character becomes a part of cultural literacy. In 1963 a play called ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST ignited a national debate about mental health and treatment in State facilities ---and a charming rogue of a patient (character) did it all with reckless abandonment of the rules.
"CUCKOO" is about humanity and compassion and re-checking our notions of what makes us all "sane."
This endearing play is being staged at the Alton Little Theater Showplace October 26th - November 3rd. It is compelling drama --one of the best--sixteen actors make us remember what rattled our sensibilities and made us laugh and cry 50 years ago.
The drama is directed by Kevin Frakes and features Kelly Haugland as R. P. McMurphy, Joel Simansky as Chief Bromden and Valerie Sprague as Nurse Ratched. The ensemble is bravely led by Shea Maples as "Billy" and Sawyer Burton as "Dale Harding." Residents and staff are portrayed by Pat Anderson, Tiffani Bowen, Vernon Hamel, Brad Kincaid, Amilia Lingel, Chris Lingel, Kayla Robinson, Andrew Richards, Matthew Runyan, Nick Trapp and Gary Wiser.
Cheri Hawkins, Lee Cox, Brant McCance, Dennis Stevenson and Ethan Handel support in technical roles.
A great play deserves a great audience - so won't you plan on attending one of seven performances at the Showplace. The only thing more frightening than Halloween is the real life experiences of people who have lost their will and their voices - until now!