What is sane? What constitutes “normal” or “abnormal” behavior? Can an individual follow a rigid set of social standards? And most importantly, who enforces those standards on the individual?
These questions are posed with seriousness and silliness when the Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre stages the classic production One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in April at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the Blountville campus.
Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel comes to life through the eyes of deaf and dumb Chief Bromden, an inmate at an Oregon mental institution. The play emphasizes the struggle of rebels and outsiders against conventional society, and how the guardians of those conventions will take extreme measures to silence nonconformity.
The play follows the exploits of Randall P. McMurphy, a charming scoundrel who parlays his short sentence in the institution rather than prison. He soon learns this was a big mistake. McMurphy spends his time coaxing his fellow inmates out of the shadows to revel in life’s experiences while running afoul of Big Nurse Ratched, the institution’s unyielding administrator.
Opening night is April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Evening performances continue April 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. There will be two matinee performances scheduled April 10 and April 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for groups of 10 or more. Admission is free to Northeast State students presenting valid student identification.
The play is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, Northeast State honors requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Direct requests can be made at least 10 days in advance to (voice and TTY) 423.279.7640.
Advisory: Due to mild language and adult subject matter, the production is recommended for audiences ages 15 years old and up.