“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be performed by O’FallonTheatreWorks Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-11 at O’Fallon’s Municipal Centre, 100 North Main Street. Curtain times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Written by Dale Wasserman and based on the classic novel by Ken Kesey, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is set in a psychiatric hospital in the early 1960s. Unfolding through the eyes of a towering Native American man named Chief Bromden, who cannot hear or speak, the story begins on the day a new patient enters the hospital. Randle P. McMurphy is a larger-than-life gambler who faked psychosis to avoid the drudgery of the state work farm. The patients he encounters in the psychiatric ward live a life of banal routine, their existence ruled by a tyrannical nurse and the looming threat of shock therapy.
The play won the 2001 Tony® Award for an Outstanding Revival of a Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for an Outstanding Revival of a Play.
Tickets can be purchased online at ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec/ofallontheatreworks or by calling the Renaud Spirit Center at (636) 474-2732. Discounted tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors [ages 55+], children and students [ages 6-17], and $2 for kids [ages 2-5]. There’s no charge for children under age 2 who are held on laps. A $2 surcharge is added to tickets purchased at the door.
The play covers intense, adult themes. Parental discretion is advised.