One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Iowa State University Theatre Production

by Dale Wasserman from the Novel by Ken Kesey

back view of a man in a hospital gown jumping in the air


The powerful novel by Ken Kesey explodes onstage with humor and emotion as R.P. McMurphy confronts Nurse Ratched in the confines of a mental institution.

October 1, 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m.; October 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

The Cast

(Left to right) Dennis Ryan as Chief Bromden, Matt Reinert as Randle P. McMurphy, Brooks Chelesvig as Billy Bibbit, and Maria Swanson as Nurse Ratched.

(Left to right) Dennis Ryan as Chief Bromden, Matt Reinert as Randle P. McMurphy, Brooks Chelesvig as Billy Bibbit, and Maria Swanson as Nurse Ratched.

Chief Bromden – Dennis P. Ryan
Warren – Butch Barthelemy
Williams – Rob Gamez
Dale Harding – Peter A. Vrotsos
Billy Bibbit – Brooks Chelesvig
Scanlon – Garry N. Geiken
Cheswick – Paul Young
Martini – Chris Libby
Turkle – Antoine Williams
Ruckly – Lars Olson
Randle P. McMurphy – Matt Reinert
Dr. Spivey – Craig M. Failore
Sefelt – Sean Canuso
Col. Matterson – Brien Murphy
Nurse Ratched – Maria Samson
Nurse Flinn – Jennifer N. McCadam
Candy Starr – Deb Swinford
Sandra – Cathy Divine
E.S.T. Technician – Mark L. Rogers

Production Team

Director – Gregg Henry
Scenic Designer – Fritz Szabo
Costume Designer – Jane Cox
Lighting Designer – George Dowker
Sound Designer – Jim Lile
Stage Manager/Assistant Director – Gary Sullivan
Assistant Stage Manager – Mark L. Rogers

Read about it in the Ames Tribune and Iowa State Daily.