One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: A Play in Two Acts

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Samuel French, Inc., 1974 - Drama - 83 pages
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Comedy Drama / 13m, 4f / Int. w. inset. Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival. "Cuckoo is captivating." - the New York Post "Scarifying and powerful." - the New York Times

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This story has a foreboding overtone to it throughout. I knew it wouldn't have a "happy" ending, but it still managed to slug me in the gut. It's a tragic story, but definitely worth the read. The writing itself is superb! Read full review

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Loved it in play form. It was such a great play to read in Theater Lit class. Read full review

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In addition to creating Man of La Mancha, playwright DALI WASSERMAN has written the play of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, both Tony winners. He has authored some fifteen plays and musicals for the stage, forty plays or movies for television, and a dozen feature films, among them The Vikings. He lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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