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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 

When: Aug. 2-Sept. 14 2014
Price: $44 during run, with senior and student discounts available. f
freeFall Theatre finishes out its 2013-14 “Season of Outcasts” with one of the most revered outcasts of them all: Randle P. McMurphy, the renegade mental patient who challenges the petty tyrannies of Nurse Ratched in Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The Oscar-winning 1975 film version of Kesey’s novel featured the indelible performances of Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, but if anyone can erase our preconceptions of a classic, it’s freeFall (c.f. Cabaret, Mikado, etc.). Artistic Director Eric Davis promises an “immersive” staging of Cuckoo (script adapted by Dale Wasserman) in which audience members will be seated on “various styles of hospital furniture” in the midst of the action. James Oliver, who made a strong impression in freeFall’s Miss Julie, seems like an apt choice for McMurphy, and we can’t wait to see what Best of the Bay winner Roxanne Fay can do with the chilly rage of Ratched. The rest of the cast is exciting, too, filled with local star power (Larry Alexander, Bob Devin Jones, Natalie Symons, Steve Garland and Ward Smith, among others), with the crucial role of Chief Bromden filled by an actor who played the role on Broadway, Michael Nichols. —David Warner

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