Cast picked for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’
CHURCH HILL — Director Michael Whitehill has assembled an outstanding cast of Church Hill Theatre veterans and newcomers for Church Hill’s upcoming production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The play, written by Dale Wasserman, is based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, a landmark of mid-20th century counter-culture literature.
Howard Mesick plays Randle Patrick McMurphy, a hoodlum who feigns mental illness to avoid a prison sentence but soon discovers that life in an insane asylum can be a considerably more harsh form of punishment. Cast member Felicia Tuttle will take on the key role of Nurse Ratched, a stern disciplinarian who vows to curb McMurphy’s provocations.
The story follows McMurphy’s fellow inmates who have a variety of psychiatric issues, some quite severe, but none seems helped by the regimen of druginduced stupor and coercive restrictions. Other patients are portrayed by John Perkinson as Dale Harding, Talley Wilford as Billy Bibbitt, Nic Carter as Charles Atkins Cheswick III, Tom Dorman as Frank Scanlon, Wade Garrett as Anthony Martini, and Bruce Jones as Ruckly. Notably, the character Chief Bromden — whose role in the book and play is crucial in comparison to the popular 1975 film — is portrayed by Patrick Fee.
Hospital staff members include Justin K. Butler as Aide Williams, Stefan Tisdale as Aide Warren, Nina Sharp as Nurse Flinn, Richard Smith as Dr. Spivey, and Ray Randall as Aide Turkel. Liz Clarke and Emily Chiras play hospital “visitors” Candy and Sandy.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” opens on Friday, Sept. 9, and runs through Sept. 25, with performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for members, and $10 for students, and can be purchased online at churchhilltheatre.org or by phoning the Church Hill Theatre office at 410556-6003. Special 2-for-1 pricing is available for the opening performance on Friday, Sept. 9, by calling the office.
Left, unwavering Nurse Ratched, played by Felicia Tuttle, provokes patient McMurphy played by Howard Mesick. Far right, Chief Bromden, played by Patrick Fee, attempts to restrain McMurphy and diffuse the situation.