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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ Now on Stage at Playhouse on Park

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford runs through Nov. 18.


Playhouse on Park continues its Mainstage Series with Dale Wasserman’s unforgettable story that explores the beauty and danger of being original: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Ezra Barnes, who won Connecticut Critics Circle Best Director for his work on Season Nine’s The Diary of Anne Frank, returns to direct this play. 

This Tony-award winning adaption by Dale Wasserman pays homage to the original storytelling of the Classic novel by Ken Kesey, while adding a chilling, poignant edge that captivates and enthralls audiences.

In preparing to bring this show to the intimate Playhouse stage, Barnes notes, “The characters in ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ are products of a society that values conformity over all else. Kesey’s novel, reflecting the twilight of the Eisenhower era, will be approached as a metaphor for our country’s quest for expansion and dominance. Chief Bromden, the American Indian, is the audience’s lens through which we see a microcosm of America: the state mental institution where the story is set.”

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest runs Oct. 31-Nov. 18. Tickets are now on sale and are $30-$40. Student, Senior, and Let’s Go Arts discounts are available. Previews are on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and opening night is Friday, Nov. 2. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be held at 7 p.m., with the show to follow at 8 p.m.

There is a special Tuesday matinee on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. with all tickets at $22.50.

Tickets are only $25 for Young Professionals Nights Out, which includes a reception with wine and snacks, a chance to mingle with other Young Professionals (ages 21-35) from the Greater Hartford Community and a ticket to a performance. The next Night Out will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in conjunction with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The reception starts at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Playhouse on Park is scheduling school field trips through our Literature Alive Field trip program for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Please contact Elizabeth Simmons, Director of Education at 860-523-5900 x15 or [email protected]PlayhouseTheatreGroup.org.

Starring in this production are: Wayne Willinger (Aquilla Theater tour: Feste TWELFTH NIGHT, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Caliban THE TEMPEST, Diamond Louie THE FRONT PAGE, Puck A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM) as McMurphy, Patricia Randell (Manhattan Theatre Club: Melissa DURANG DURANG; Ensemble Studio Theatre: Ginny FOR WHOM THE SOUTHERN BELLE TOLLS; Denver Center: Nancy THIRD; Portland Stage: Ellen THE TAVERN; Alabama Shakespeare: Rachel SEASON’S GREETINGS TV: HBO’s TOO BIG TO FAIL) as Nurse Ratched, and Santos (Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night and Automatic Earth at the Signature Theatre; Film: My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Sangre de mi sangre [Grand Jury Prize Winner at The Sundance Film Festival]; TV: The Affair, The Sopranos) as Chief Bromden.

Also starring in this production are: Katya Collazo (Lucy DRACULA, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Grace THE RESOLUTES, Wyoming Theatre Festival; Negro-Sarah, FUNNYHOUSE OF A NEGRO, Actors Studio Repertory Company; Film: Cecilia the Celibate) as Nurse Flinn/Sandra, Andrew Cooksey (Savannah Repertory Theater: John Prentice Sr. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER; Roundabout Theater: Patron THE RITZ; Mill Mountain Theater: Lucien THE BOY’S NEXT DOOR; The Secret Theater: Sir Toby Belch TWELFTH NIGHT) as Turkle, Harrison Greene (Playhouse on Park: W;t, Lane/Merriman THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Whit OF MICE AND MEN, 4th MAN METAMORPHOSES; Off-Broadway: O’Daily THE LAST POET ON MARS) as Martini, Justin Henry (Seven Angels: ALTAR BOYZ, ROCK N ROLL REDEMPTION; Landmark Theatre: Tom Robinson TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD; Connecticut Theatre Company: Colehouse Walker Jr. RAGTIME) as Williams, Adam Kee (St. Luke’s Theatre: Alphonse/Father FRANKENSTEIN; Schapiro Theatre: Touchstone AS YOU LIKE IT; 59E59 Theatre: Endicott IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT; Winnipesaukee Playhouse: Francis Chesney CHARLEY’S AUNT, Tom GLASS MENAGERIE) as Dale Harding, Rick Malone (Playhouse on Park: Chas Weaver THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK; John W. Engeman: R.F. Simpson SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Ivoryton Playhouse: Schrank WEST SIDE STORY, Frank Sr SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: A MUSICAL) as Cheswick, Ben McLaughlin (Playhouseon Park: Mr. Marks INTIMATE APPAREL; One-Eyed Jacks Theatre Company: Brighella COMMEDIA DELL’POW Stuart BEYOND THERAPY, Duncan LEADING LADIES) as Ruckley, Alex Rafala (Playhouse on Park: Peter Van Daan THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK; ArtsPower National Touring Theatre: Vati MY HEART IN A SUITCASE; Hudson Guild Theater: Chris SOLDIERS AND OTHER LIVING THINGS) as Billy Bibbit, John Ramaine (MACBETH (Banquo) Frog and Peach Theater Company, John Wilkes Booth THE CURSE OF BOOTH Studio Tisch NYU; TV: Redrum, American Genius, Ugly Betty) as Scanlon, Athena Reddy (Bristol Festival of Ideas: Elizabeth FRANKENSTEIN; Bristol Old Vic Studio: Lady Macbeth MACBETH, Rosalind AS YOU LIKE IT; Venus-Adonis Festival The Bride BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN – AN EXPERIMENT IN INTMACY) as Candy Starr, David Sirois (Selected Theatre Credits: Frederick NOISES OFF, Bill LOBBY HERO, Treat ORPHANS, Roy Cohn ANGELS IN AMERICA) as Dr. Spivey, and Lance A. Williams (SHOWTIME Pictures: Dealer CITY ON A HILL; Columbia Pictures: Junior EQUALIZER 2; AMS Pictures: Prince PRICE OF FAME) as Warren.

For more information or tickets call the box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse onPark is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

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