Cast picked for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

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.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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.

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