One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey

Directed by Laura Jones

February 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 8 p.m., and February 7, 2 p.m.

Unable to cope with the insurmountable pressure of the modern world, the patients on Nurse Ratched’s ward at the State Mental Institution are kept tranquilized and docile. Into their sanctuary from society, a strong, high-spirited stranger comes. McMurphy is the perfect foil for the emasculating Ratched, as he takes it upon himself to make men out of her “boys.” Imposing his “guts ball” approach to group therapy, he first challenges their complacency, then incites their resistance, and finally inspires their rebellion.

Told from the point of view of Chief Bromden, a long-time inmate presumed to be deaf and dumb, the audience is drawn into this tragicomic allegory for the consequences of questioning authority as they revel in the antics and anguish of one of contemporary literature’s favorite anti-heroes.  You’ve read the book, you’ve seen the movie, now experience it as a piece of theatre!

Contains adult language – not appropriate for youth under the age of 17.

Click to read the Cuckoo’s Nest Program.



  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 2010 Production Photo
    Colorado State University Theatre presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey, and directed by Laura Jones.