Second Street Players will be bringing the production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to the Milford community starting Friday, February 10. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival and an armful of Oscars as a 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is captivating, powerful and unforgettable. The play was written by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey.
Directed by Steve Twilley from Milford, the play will be presented at Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street in downtown Milford. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest runs for two consecutive weekends, opening on Friday, February 10 and closing on Sunday, February 19. Twilley has directed 8 local performances, 7 of which have been with Second Street Players.
Twilley is most proud of the unique perspective that his cast has brought to the production of such a famous work of art.
“We are not doing Kesey’s book or even Wasserman’s script,” commented Twilley. “we are doing our interpretation of it. Our characters and stories are our own, apart from anyone’s preconceived notions.”
The performance begins with main character R.P. Murphy serving out a short sentence in a mental hospital institution rather than prison after he has committed a heinous crime. There, he clashes with Nurse Ratched, the dominating head nurse, and takes over, leading the patients out of introversion through revolts and drunken parties, provoking tension and plenty of laughs.
Twilley has cast veteran actor Jim Killion from Lewes as McMurphy and Jenn Rowan from Milford as Nurse Ratched.
“I don’t think it is possible to have more fun,” commented Killion when asked how the experience of playing the free-spirited McMurphy has been. “This is a once in a lifetime, fun role. I can really cut loose during the performance.”
Playing Nurse Ratched, Jenn Rowan has found it challenging to play such an assertive, dominate character.
“It is an honor to try to get inside the head of such an infamous villain,” commented Rowan. “It has been a thrill to do that. It has been hard for me to put aside my own personality and play such a nasty, evil character.
The mental hospital’s patients are played by Peter Appel, MIchael Schmiedlin, Arthur Paul, Brandon Twilley, Doug Friend, Dan Payne and Rex Batchelor. Cast as the mental hospital’s staff are Carly Jo Hosbach, Robbie Butler, John Zinzi, Curtis Howard and Chris Annand. Debbie Annand and Cassandra Petersen play McMurphy’s partying girlfriends.
Show dates for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest are Friday and Saturday, February 10,11,17 and 18 with curtain at 8pm and Sunday matinees on February 12 and 19 at 3pm. All performances are at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street, in downtown MIlford. Tickets are $17 with a one dollar discount for seniors, students and military at the Sunday matinees. Reserved tickets are now available by calling Second Street Players at 302-422-0220 or going online to www.secondstreetplayers.com.