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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1963) is a play based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel of the same name.  Set in a psychiatric hospital, the drama serves as a study of the institutional processes and the human mind as well as a critique of behaviorism and a celebration of humanistic principles.

 

Dale Wasserman's stage adaptation, with music by Teiji Ito, made its Broadway on November 12, 1963.  Since then, the play has had two revivals: first off-Broadway in 1971, with Danny DeVito as Martini, then as a Broadway production in 2001 with Gary Sinise as McMurphy. A film version released in 1975 was based on the novel, but not on the play.

 

Play the video for scenes from Circle Players' production in November 2013.