On Stage: KP returns to Civic Center Little Theater with "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

Promotional image for the Kanawha Players production of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (Courtesy: KP)

Most moviegoers are familiar with the academy award-winning film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

The Kanawha Players theater group is tackling the show with a play written by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the original story by Ken Kesee.

In the early 1960s, Randle Patrick McMurphy is facing a short prison sentence. Instead, he gets himself declared insane so he can do his time in the relative comfort of a mental institution. But he wasn't counting on the iron fist of head nurse Ratched.

"He's a character that comes in and always has kind of fought the establishment, never really followed any of the rules," Brett Short (Randle Patrick McMurphy) said. "And he comes up against somebody that's very army. I mean, he was in the army. He was in the Korean War but he was discharged for dishonorable conduct. And he comes in for somebody who's very militant, just like that. And it starts as a bet but then it starts getting personal."

"She's a former army nurse who is now in charge, basically, of a mental hospital," Ariana Kincaid (Nurse Ratched) said. "And she runs it like her own little army. And then Mr. McMurphy comes in and starts upsetting the apple cart. And that's where the conflict comes in."

This show is another step in Kanawha Players long journey to stabilize its finances and operation. After struggling for years in its east end location, KP shed itself of its problem-laden building in an attempt to re-energize the group. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" marks a return to the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater after an absence of several years, evidence that KP's efforts are paying off.

"There's definitely a real heart at the core of the story but this really is a comedy," Paul Nagy (Chief) said. "There's enough flavors of characters I think someone will find someone that they really attach to and just love their lines."

"The movie is different from the book and the play is sort of a a mishmash of the both of them," Kincaid said. "So, even though you may have seen the movie or may have read the book, I think you can still come away with something new after seeing the show."

Kanawha Players presents "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"
by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey
Directed by Randi Vaughan
Fri-Sat Aug 18-19, 25-26 at 7:30pm
Matinees Sun Aug 20 and 27 at 2:30pm
Charleston Civic Center Little Theater
One Civic Center Dr., Charleston WV
*Contains profanity and strong language
$15 Adult, $10 Seniors/Students, 4 for $40
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Brett Short - Randle P. McMurphy
Ariana Kincaid - Nurse Ratched
Greg Stone - Dale Harding
Paul Nagy - Chief Bromden
Rob James - Billy Bibbet
Ken Flippin - Cheswick
Jeremi Turley -Scanlon
Ty Miller - Martini
Richard Holicker - Ruckley
Roger Burdette - Dr. Spivey
Wyatt Hanna - Aide Williams
David McBrayer - Aide Warren
Leroy Mullins - Aide Turkle
Samantha Sheppard - Nurse Flinn
Liz Swick - Candy Starr
Laura Michele Diener - Sandra

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