This production was staged as part of our 2015/16 Season

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

September 2 to September 20, 2015 | On the Alliance Stage

Contains: Profanity, sexual situations, emotional violence. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

"...must-see drama...two superb leads [and] a supporting cast so strong as to be hypnotic all by themselves. Todd Rosenthal's set is perfection. Kincaid is brilliant and terrifying as Nurse Ratched...her best role since Barbara in August: Osage County." —Manning Harris for Atlanta INtown

"Shockingly good...a dream team of mostly local actors...you'll hear the timeless echo of Greek drama, the Bible, Shakespeare, and Beckett...[with] some of Atlanta's best talent, [director Susan V.] Booth does Cuckoo's Nest proud." —Wendell Brock for AJC

This powerful American drama explores the beauty and danger of being a free spirit in a closed system. Randle McMurphy charms his way onto a psych ward thinking it's surely the easy way to serve out a six-month prison term. There he encounters Nurse Ratched, a disciplined and extremely focused agent of authority. Randle uses his charisma and humor to breathe life into the ward and lead the other patients into open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Nurse Ratched and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle—with shattering results. 

Featuring an all-star Atlanta cast.

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Cast & Crew

Cast

  • Dale Harding
    Atlanta Theatre: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Good People; August: Osage County; Eurydice; Tennis In Nablus (Alliance Theatre); Race (True Colors Theatre); Seminar,... read more »
  • Dr. Spivey
    David returns to the Alliance as a director, having been a frequent performer on its stages. Directing credits include Sight Unseen (Alliance); Red, Buckminster Fuller:... read more »
  • Scanlon
    Richard is happy to return to the Alliance Stage after last appearing as Uncle Charlie in August: Osage County and directing Eurydice on the Hertz Stage. Other... read more »
  • Randle Patrick McMurphy
    Neal is excited to once again hit the Alliance stage in another wonderful year of A Christmas Carol! Alliance Theatre credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo... read more »
  • Nurse Flinn
    Ann Marie is insanely happy to be a part of this production. Alliance: Edward Foote, The Geller Girls, A Christmas Carol. Georgia Shakespeare: One Man, Two Guvnors; As... read more »
  • Aide Williams
    Terry is honored to make his Alliance Stage debut! Regional credits include I And You (Arts Garage), A Chorus Line (Aurora Theatre), 1001 Nights... read more »
  • Sandra
    Tonia is grateful to be back on the Alliance stage. Her Alliance credits include: Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf, and The Nacirema Society Requests... Other... read more »
  • Ruckly
    Chris returns to the Alliance stage following his turn as the lobotomized patient Ruckley in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His character in A Christmas... read more »
  • Nurse Ratched
    Tess is very happy to be back on the Alliance stage having appeared here in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Broke, August: Osage County, Moonlight and... read more »
  • Charles Atkins Cheswick III
    Joe is thrilled to return to the Alliance where he has performed in favorites like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, August: Osage County, Glengarry Glen Ross,... read more »
  • Candy Starr
    Alliance credits: Edward Foote, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, August: Osage County, Carapace, and 26 Miles. Regional: His Girl Friday (La... read more »
  • Billy Bibbit
    Eric s making his mainstage Alliance debut with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Regional credits: Florida Repertory (Other Desert Cities, Bedroom Farce);... read more »
  • Chief Bromden
    Jeremy is a proud First Nations actor of both Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Haudenosaunee (Oneida) descent, originally from the community of Neyaashiinigmiing, simply... read more »
  • Martini
    Anthony is excited to make his Alliance Theatre debut. Credits include work with: Theatrical Outfit, Georgia Shakespeare, Theatre in the Square, Horizon Theatre, Actor... read more »
  • Aide Warren
    Daniel is happy to be back at the Alliance. Other Alliance credits: By the Way, Meet Vera Starkand It's a Wonderful Laugh. TV/Film: Endless Love... read more »
  • Aide Turkle/Technician
    Scott has performed with Theatrical Outfit (Dividing the Estate, Confederacy of Dunces, To Kill a Mockingbird, Keeping Watch, The Foreigner, Waiting For Godot), Theatre... read more »

Creative

  • Original Music & Sound Design
    Clay has been the Resident Sound Designer at the Alliance Theatre for 15 years and has designed more than 85 productions including 26 world premieres, 30 musicals and 20... read more »
  • Novelist
  • Original Music & Sound Design
    Haddon is a composer, lyricist and sound designer. His rock musical co-adaptation of The Snow Queen will receive five productions this winter including at New Rep in... read more »
  • Fight Choreographer
  • Fight Choreographer
    Kelly is a recognized advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (BASSC). Kelly... read more »
  • Production Stage Management Assistant
    Kara is delighted to return to Alliance Theatre to work on this production. She has previously worked with Alliance Theatre Education in many respects, as well as served... read more »
  • Costume Design
    Alliance Theatre credits include The Geller Girls, Managing Maxine, The Underpants, and Shadowlands. Other national credits include Into the Woods, King Lear, As... read more »
  • Set Design
    Broadway: August Osage County (Tony Award), The Mother****er with the Hat (Tony Nomination), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award, Best Revival), Of Mice and... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Brett is excited to return to the Alliance after working on Blues for an Alabama Sky last season. He has worked most recently at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in... read more »
  • Playwright
  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Rodney is an Atlanta native. Rodney studied theatre at Florida A&M University’s Essential Theatre. His 12-year tenure at the Alliance has included stage... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Ken is the Resident Lighting Designer for Sarasota Opera, Lighting Designer for Atlanta Opera, and Lighting Director of FIO Americas, Brazil. Alliance credits: Native... read more »

Director

  • Director
    Susan V. Booth joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition,... read more »
  • Director's Assistant
    Veronika is a proud member of Actors Equity and a founding member of The Weird Sisters Theatre Project (check us out on FB and Twitter). Since graduating from SCAD with... read more »

Understudy

  • Understudy for Scanlon/Ruckly
    James has performed with Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Theater Emory, OnStage Atlanta, Stage Door Players, and the Essential Theatre. Having also acted, sung, and... read more »
  • Understudy for Nurse Ratched
    Kelly is thrilled to work with such a talented cast and creative team. You can see her here at the Alliance in October and November in the Theatre for the Very... read more »
  • Understudy for Sandra
    Danielle is excited to be a part of this production and working with the Alliance for the first time! She is a native of Bronx, New York, and is currently in her last... read more »
  • Understudy for Dale Harding/Dr. Spivey
    Brandon holds a B.A, in theatre from Florida State University and is a first-timer at the Alliance. In Atlanta, he’s worked with Theatrical Outfit, Theatre... read more »
  • Understudy for Randle Patrick McMurphy/Aide Williams
    J.L. Reed is a native of Winston Salem, N.C. currently in his third-year as an MFA Performance candidate at the University of Georgia. He is very excited and honored to... read more »
  • Understudy for Anthony Martini/Aide Turkle/Charles Atkins Cheswick III
    Ralph s a Kennesaw State University graduate and exultant to be understudying for such a phenomenal cast and crew. Favorite Atlanta credits include Edith Can Shoot... read more »
  • Understudy for Billy Bibbit/Aide Warren
    Ben is excited to return to the Alliance stage. He was last seen in the world premiere of Tuck Everlasting. His favorite Atlanta credits include Over the Rainbow, Six... read more »
  • Understudy for Nurse Flinn/Candy Starr
    Suzanne s a graduate of Mercer University with double majors in theatre and journalism. Select Atlanta credits include Truvy in Steel Magnolias (Gypsy), Kelli US... read more »

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