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"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" to open at University Theatre
By Marian Monta, Ph.D.
381-3586
Posted: 04/25/2005
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Ken Kesey’s book, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” was made even more famous by the film starring Jack Nicholson in 1975. Now a new generation of audience members can see it as a stage production.

Playwright Dale Wasserman turned this gripping story into a play that mirrors heavily the film version. Director Brian Warren brings the stage version to life at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre at The University of Texas-Pan American April 27-May 1.

“The book is great,” Warren said. “So I chose to direct the play, hoping that the new generation of Valley people would see the stage version and then be inspired to read the book as a result. Reading the book and seeing the Milos Foreman Oscar-winning film was an important part of my growing up and I want to share the experience.”

UTPA theatre graduate Thomas Green, who teaches drama at an Edinburg school, plays R.P. McMurphy. His character thinks he can get out of doing work while in prison by pretending to be insane. Or is he pretending?

Nurse Ratched, played by Kate Ellis, UTPA costume designer, is the nemesis of the McMurphy character, thwarting him at every turn. Eventually the battle turns into a war for the souls of the inmates, as these two strong personalities clash on every level.

Sixteen other actors bring to life the drama, humor and excitement of the award- winning book and film. The film was the first in 41 years of Oscar history to win best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay. It also garnered four more wins or nominations in other aspects of cinema.

Tickets are $12 for reserved seats, $8 for general admission and $3 for non-UTPA students, faculty and staff. Those with UTPA ID’s are entitled to two free admissions with each ID.

This play is recommended for junior high school and above. It contains strong language and disturbing situations. No children under third grade will be admitted.

For information, reservations and special accommodations, call the Box Office at 956/381-3581, between 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Special group rates are available by calling this number. The Box Office opens one hour prior to each performance.