BUCYRUS - Gambling, drinking and fighting have landed Randle Patrick McMurphy in court. Faced with a lengthy sentence. McMurphy decides to fake mental illness to be assigned to a hospital instead of prison. He has no inkling his plan will end in tragedy.
These are the circumstances as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" takes to the stage at Bucyrus Little Theatre. The play is based on a novel by Ken Kesey and adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman. Directed by Tracy McAdams, performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 8 and 9, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and March 10 in the theater at 130 Songer Ave., Bucyrus.
McMurphy initially succeeds by getting himself admitted to a mental health facility, but he does not count on the formidable Nurse Ratched, who runs the place by the book.
Candy Boyd (left) as Nurse Ratched is not amused with James Robison, as McMurphy, in this scene from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
McMurphy manages to make a (presumed) deaf and mute talk and leads others out of years of introversion. A revolt and a wild midnight party infuriate Ratched, who sends McMurphy to shock treatment. When the unsinkable McMurphy resumes his antics, more permanent measures are taken.
The show contains strong language.
Call the theater at (419) 562-0731 for reservations. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.