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'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ opens March 13 at the REP

Posted: March 6, 2009 4:14 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2009 2:28 p.m.

"Cuckoo's Nest" actors, left to right, first row: Brad Sergi, Ovington Michael Owston and Skip Pipo. Back Row: Jeff Lucas, Anderson Reid, Jeff Harman, Michael Bruce, Gregor Manns and Dave Forster.

 
The Repertory East Playhouse opens its 2009 Season with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

"We really wanted to lighten up, and this is the perfect piece to do so. We have a wonderful cast and we are all very excited to be a part of this production," said Artistic Director Ovington Michael Owston.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" opens on Friday, March 13, with an Opening Night Gala at 7 p.m. and curtain at 8 p.m.

The play will run through April 11. Show times are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Group rates are available. Advance reservations are highly recommended. For tickets, purchase online at www.repeastplayhouse.org or call (661) 288-0000. The Repertory East Playhouse is located at 24266 Main Street, Newhall, CA 91321.

The REP will host post show discussions immediately following each Sunday Matinee. Join the cast and crew for an intimate discussion about the process of creating live theatre.

The lead character is a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet.

Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for 12 years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb man talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies.

For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment.

The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction - a frontal lobotomy.

The play was a winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival.

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