One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Announcing auditions for our spring 2018 production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest:

By appointment:
February 15, 2018, by appointment only – cuckoosnest@sterlingplaymakers.com

 

Open Auditions:
February 16, 2018, 6:30pm
February 17, 2018, 1:00pm
Sterling Community Center

Auditions will consist of a 1-2 minute monologue that best represents the character you are interested in, and cold readings from the script.

A charming rogue schemes to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution to avoid prison work detail. Randle P. McMurphy is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation where he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates and clashes with the fierce head nurse. A boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel, McMurphy takes over the yard and rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. This insolence, which starts as sport, soon develops into a grim battle between the two unyielding opponents.

CHARACTER LIST – 18: (14 M, 4 F):

Randle P. McMurphy – A manual laborer, gambler, carnival barker, Korean War hero with a dishonorable discharge, and con man admitted to the ward from Pendelton Prison Farm, diagnosed as a psychotic. Really not insane, he transforms the ward by teaching the other inmates to question arbitrary and repressive authority. Eventually lobotomized after attacking Nurse Ratched.

Chief Bromden – A towering man of mixed Native American and white heritage. He is diagnosed as an incurable paranoid-schizophrenic, and pretends to be deaf and mute in order to protect himself from the forces of the Combine, which he believes is a mechanized society intent on usurping freedom and individuality. The Chief is gradually rehabilitated by McMurphy and emerges as the real protagonist of the play at the conclusion.

Nurse Ratched – The “Big Nurse,” and former Army nurse. She maintains order by exercising absolute authority over the hospital staff and its patients. McMurphy compares her techniques with the “brainwashing” used by the Communists during the Korean conflict.
Dale Harding – A college-educated and effeminate man, who is psychologically “castrated” by his sexy wife and Nurse Ratched. Harding is an Acute patient, one who has voluntarily committed himself to the hospital.

Billy Bibbit – A 31-year-old man dominated by his mother to the extent that he is still unmarried and a virgin. Bibbit is also a voluntarily committed Acute, despite the fact that his wrists reveal a previous suicide attempt. Billy is also a stutterer.

Scanlon – An Acute; the only other patient on the ward who was involuntarily committed besides McMurphy. Scanlon wants to blow things up.

Cheswick – The first patient to adopt McMurphy’s rebellious stance.
Martini – A delusional man, who, nonetheless, learns to laugh at himself and the world around him.

Ruckley – Acute turned to Chronic after receiving too much electroshock. He stands in a posture of a crucifixion against the ward walls most times.

Nurse Flinn – A perpetually frightened and attractive young nurse.
Aide Williams and Warren – Chosen by Nurse Ratched as orderlies because of their hostility and strength. They keep order on the ward mainly by threatening the patients and each other.

Dr. Spivey – A morphine addict, chosen by Nurse Ratched to work on her ward because she can exploit his weakness and vulnerability. He nevertheless begins to assert himself after continued exposure to McMurphy’s behavior.

Candy Starr – McMurphy’s Lady Friend from Portland with a “heart of gold.” She is physically attractive and passive, and gets the party started on the ward.

Sandra – Candy’s friend; comes with her to the party on the ward.

Aide Turkle – An elderly night watchman who likes the alcohol. McMurphy bribes him to help arrange the final party.

Cronic Patient 1 and 2 – Acutes turned to Chronics after receiving too much electroshock.

Auditions are available on Thursday, February 15 by appointment only. E-mail cuckoosnest@sterlingplaymakers.com to schedule an appointment.

Auditions on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 are open auditions.