Dale Wasserman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

February 12 - 28
Ivy Tech Waldron Auditorium


aaaaaaaaa111Cardinal Stage Company is thrilled to kick-off the new year with Ken Kesey’s celebrated and controversial 1960s novel, considered one of the greatest anti-authoritarian novels of the 20th Century!

One Flew is the story of the rebel McMurphy, a convict who feigns insanity and leads an inmate rebellion against the domineering Nurse Ratched and the authority she represents.

Age recommendation: 15+ (language, suggestive situations, some violence)
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission
Show Location: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium 

“We have a wonderfully strong cast – one of the best we’ve had. I chose Cuckoo’s Nest for Mike Price and Constance Macy. I was thrilled to get Toronto’s Jeremy Proulx onboard as Chief Bromden and to bring back Rick Peeples, who was an extraordinary Scrooge in our Christmas Carol. And the rest of the company are experienced and wonderful actors. The potential for the production is extraordinary!”

                                                                                        — Artistic Director Randy White



  • stars Cardinal Associate Artistic Director Mike Price as Randle McMurphy
  • stars Cardinal favorite Constance Macy – who broke our hearts as Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank and gently guided us through To Kill a Mockingbird before taking no prisoner as the oldest daughter Barbara in August: Osage County



  • features Toronto-based actor Jeremy Proulx as Chief Bromden, the half-Native American inmate who presents himself as deaf and mute. Mr. Proulx recently won the broadwayworld.com best actor award for playing Bromden at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta
  • is based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, which was adapted into the multiple Academy Award-winning film starring Louise Fletcher and Jack Nicholson
  • is designed by Mark Smith, who previously designed Cardinal’s Hairspray, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, The Whipping Man, The Diary of Anne Frank and more!
  • was adapted by Dale Wasserman and first appeared on Broadway in 1963, with Kirk Douglas in the role of McMurphy and Gene Wilder as Billy Ribbit. Wasserman’s stage adaptation has been revived on Broadway multiple times, most recently by Chicago’s celebrated Steppenwolf theatre company