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Title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Author(s): Dale Wasserman
Licensing Agent: Samuel French, Inc
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Length: Full Length
Male Roles: 13
Female Roles: 6
Extras: 0

Description: Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival.

Character Gender Role Size Min Age Max Age Description
Randle Patrick McMurphy M 30 40 A hard man of thirty-five, fun-loving and full of self-confidence. His broad devilish grin, loud talk and swagger all remind one of a car salesman or a pitchman you see on a sideshow stage.
Dale Harding M 40 50 The most educated of the patients and their unofficial leader before McMurphy's arrival; a handsome, nervous effete man.
Billy Bibbit M 25 35 In age, thirty-one, but psychologically an adolescent still under his mother s control. Billy has an extreme speech impediment (stutter).
Charles Cheswick M 40 50 A Patient, alternately truculent and cringing. Cheswick is always demanding change, but never has the courage to see anything through.
Anthony Martini M An eager and bright-eyed Italian who suffers from hallucinations.
Frank Scanlon M 45 50 A patient, obsessed with constructing bombs to blow up the world. Aside from McMurphy and Bromden, he is the only non-vegetative patient there by force.
Chief Bromden M A large, bull-muscled Indian with schizophrenia. While he is a powerful man of six and a half feet, he thinks of himself as a tiny dwarf. Through most of the action he pretends to be deaf and dumb.
Ruckley M 40 50 A once powerful man, now blank-faced and empty-eyed, the result of a botched lobotomy. He spends most of the time crucified against a wall, occasionally screaming profanities.
Ellis M Once an "Acute" patient, now a "Chronic" in a vegetative state, the result of electroshock therapy.
Colonel Matterson M 50 80 The oldest Chronic on the ward, a petrified cavalry soldier who cannot move without a wheelchair. He is given to lifting the skirts of passing nurses or teaching history out of the text of his left hand.
Jim Sefelt M An epileptic patient. He refuses to take his anti-seizure medication because he is afraid that his hair and teeth will fall out.
Bruce Fredrickson M An epileptic patient. He takes Sefelt's share of the medication because he is afraid of seizures.
Nurse Ratched F 45 55 The ward superintendent and ultimate authority. A handsome, well endowed woman in her late forties/ early fifties with an odd perfection about her -- a face smooth, calculated, and precision-made, like an expensive baby doll.
Dr. Spivey M The resident psychiatrist, a harassed little fellow of no great force.
Nurse Flinn F 20 30 A young nurse , eager but also apprehensive of the patients.
Aide Williams/Aide Warren F The two principal orderlies in the ward. In Kesey's novel all the aides are African- American, with enough hate to be capable of performing Nurse Ratched's bidding with precision.
Aide Turkle M 50 70 An elderly kind man who works the late shift in the ward. He enjoys his liquor and marijuana.
Technician/Aide Washington F A third orderly in the ward.
Candy Starr F 20 35 A beautiful carefree prostitute and friend of McMurphy.
Sandra Gilfillian F 20 35 Another prostitute and friend of McMurphy.

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