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Hendricks Civic Theatre is proud to present auditions for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (play)
WHO: All roles are open for audition. Due to the mature subject matter, auditions are limited to those age 18 and older.
WHEN: Auditions will be held Sunday, February 17 at 7 pm or Monday, February 18 at 7 pm at Hendricks Civic Theatre’s Longstreet Playhouse. You only need to attend one night. Call backs, if needed, will be held Wednesday, February 20.
WHAT TO PREPARE: Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Please bring a list of all known conflicts to audition.
We encourage you to complete the Online Audition Form (button below) ahead of your audition and the information will be given to the director.
Paper copies of the form will be available at the audition venue.
Rehearsals & Performances
The show will be presented at Longstreet Playhouse April 26-28 and May 3-5, 2019
This will be a typical run with Friday and Saturday evening and a Sunday matinee performances
Rehearsals will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:00 until 9:00 at Longstreet Playhouse. Not all actors will be required to attend all rehearsals. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions. Longstreet Playhouse north of Danville.
The rehearsal process will begin with in-depth character analysis. This “table work” will involve analyzing some of the character descriptions authored by Ken Kesey in his novel. We’ll also identify the key ‘symbols’ of the script and link them to the society of the 1960’s and today. In addition, work will be done to identify and study the psychiatric conditions of each character and to realistically portray these on stage. Although there is great humor in the script, the drama is very raw and intense. We won’t be downplaying this.
Please contact the director, Jim Thorp at 219-588-7880 or Email.
Set in 1962 in a state psychiatric facility, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, dramatizes the classic conflict between Randle Patrick McMurphy, a fierce non-conformist, and Nurse Ratched, a unflinching authoritarian, who battle for the ultimate control of the other inmates, especially the tragic pawn, Billy Bibbit. Throughout a series of conflicts, some humorous and others tragic, the inmates learn to accept their own unique individualism. .
Randle Patrick 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.
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.
Dale Harding: A college-educated and effeminate man, who is psychologically “castrated” by his wife and Nurse Ratched. Harding is an Acute patient, one who has voluntarily committed himself to the hospital.
Billy Bibbit: A young man dominated by his mother and terrified of what Nurse Ratched may report to her. A severe stutter manifests when he is afraid or pressured.
Scanlon: an inmate, severe manic depressive
Cheswick: an inmate, outspoken
Martini: A delusional man, who, nonetheless, learns to laugh at himself and the world around him.
Ruckley: A lobotomized patient who displays moments of rage
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.
Aide Warren: a malicious orderly
Aide Williams: a malicious orderly
Aide Turkle: an older orderly who assists McMurphy
Nurse Flinn: a young, religious nurse
Dr. Spivey: an overworked psychiatrist