One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opens this Friday, October 7 and runs through October 30th at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The show brings Ken Kesey’s most famous book to life with the script by Dale Wasserman. The play follows the book in that the story is seen through Chief Bromden’s eyes.
Here’s a quick plot line, courtesy “The Commons” – When Randle McMurphy gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the Head Nurse Ratched runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroshock therapy. There’s a coup among the patients – it ends badly, and that’s putting it mildly.
Red Octopus Theatre Company is producing the show and some of the most talented actors in Newport are portraying the coveted roles, including: John Arnold as Harding, Justin Atkins as Billy Bibbit , Michael Spivey as Chief Bromden, Ron Miller as Cheswick, Rich Hicks as Scanlon and Ernie Brown as Ruckly. It also introduces Nathan Bush as R.P. McMurphy. Nathan just moved here from Kentucky and was a professional actor with St. Louis Actors Studio, Max and Louie Productions and St. Louis Shakespeare. He is currently the Instructor of Acting for the Department of Arts and Communication with Oregon State University.
The coveted role of Nurse Ratched will be performed by Larayne Yaeger from Lincoln City. She moved here from Montana two years ago and was active with Helena Theatre Company and Grand Street Theater also in Helena.
The comedy-drama has been in rehearsal since July and received grants from The Siletz Charitable Contribution Fund for costumes, a partial grant from the Lincoln Cultural Fund for sound and a grant from The Collins Foundation for set construction and to hire professional set designer, Tim Stapleton from Portland.
Tickets are on sale at the Newport Performing Arts Center, or call 541-265-ARTS, or online at octopusonstage.com