One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Creators/Authors: Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman

Genre: Adaptations (Literature)
Duration: 133 mins
Cast Size: 13m / 4f
Class: Full Length Play
Performing Groups: College Theatre / Professional Theatre

“Cuckoo is captivating.”

——New York Post

“Scarifying and powerful.”

——The New York Times


Tony Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play


Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. He quickly 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.