One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest


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Dale Wasserman from Ken Kesey

Published by Samuel French Inc

Large Mixed Cast
2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play

Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play

Famous dark comedy set in the ward of a mental hospital

Getting declared insane rather than being sent to prison, seemed like a good idea - until a frontal lobotomy is suggested as a cure

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 soon clashes with the head nurse, but 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 offence, 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 ...


Cuckoo is captivating" ~ N.Y. Post

"Scarifying and powerful" ~ N.Y. Times

"Funny, touching, and exciting" ~ N.Y. Daily News

"Brilliant. The stuff of great theatre" - WQR Radio

"Transforms the audience into one wild cheering section" ~ WNYC Radio

"One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times" ~ WPIX TV

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