One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

"Baseball" (Credit: Marie Schulte)May 8-23, 2009 at the Bartell Theatre

Adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman

Based on the novel by Ken Kesey

Directed by Sam White


The band of misfits – Harding, Martini, Cheswick, Billy Bibbit, and Scanlon – still live in Dale Wassermann’s stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's iconic counterculture fable, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The silent giant, Chief Bromden, watches as the band twitches and cowers under the icy sway of Nurse Ratched, until a savior in a leather jacket stomps into the ward. R. P. McMurphy, a self-confessed psychopath, mad dog does battle with Big Nurse. Misrule and free will struggle against order and conformity in a tragicomic fight to the finish.

Madison Theatre Guild’s production of this award winning play features a stellar cast: Stephanie Monday as Nurse Ratched, Kamal Marayati as R. P. McMurphy, Stuart Brooks as Dr. Spivey, and introducing Joe Getty in his MTG debut as Chief Bromden.

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Madison Theatre Guild's "Cuckoo's Nest," for all its ultimate tragedy, is an exuberant, entertaining show.

- Lindsay Christians, 77 Square: MTG's 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' wakes up the ward

Marayati (who has an impressive background of stage, television and film credits) captures the volatile and stubborn nature of McMurphy, but I preferred his quieter moments -- when he learns the Chief's secret and later realizes that many of the men on the ward are there voluntarily and may, like McMurphy himself, be hiding from the real world.

- Katie Reiser, Isthmus: Quieter moments are better in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Madison Theatre Guild

News articles

Tickets for local thespian on sale: feature article on David Gerard Miller (Charles Cheswick)

Monroe Times

Meet a local boy who's cuckoo for theater: interview with Jordan Peterson (Billy Bibbit)

Ben Bromley, Baraboo News Republic


  • Chief Bromden - Joe Getty
  • Aide Williams - Jason Atkins
  • Aide Warren - Odari McWhorter
  • Nurse Ratched - Stephanie Monday
  • Nurse Flynn - Jennifer Gates
  • Dale Harding - Mark Huismann
  • Billy Bibbit - Jordan Peterson
  • Frank Scanlon - Paul Armstrong
  • Charles Cheswick II - David Miller
  • Anthony Martini - Damon Butler
  • Ruckley - Tim Irvin
  • R.P. McMurphy - Kamal Marayati
  • Dr. Spivey - Stuart Brooks
  • Aide Turkle - Al Hart
  • Candy Starr - Julie Logue
  • Sandy Gilfillian - Karen Saari