Friday, February 23, 2018

Auditions: Open Call for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”


Freehold, NJ - February 23, 2018 -- Center Players, Freehold’s resident theater company, will be holding open auditions for its “Signature Series” presentation of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman to be directed by Dave McGrath. It is scheduled to be presented May 4 – June 3, 2018 at Center Playhouse, located at 35 South Street in downtown Freehold. Auditions will take place March 5th and 6th.


WHAT: Auditions for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Dale Wasserman

WHERE: Center Playhouse, 35 South Street, Freehold, NJ.

PERFORMANCE DATES: May 4 -6, 11-13, 18-20, and June 1-3, 2018

Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm

AUDITION DATES: Mon. March 5th at 7:30pm Tues. March 6th at 7pm

AUDITION MATERIAL: Be prepared to read from sides from show

BRING: Headshot and resume if available

SYNOPSIS: The drama centers around Randle Patrick McMurphy as he is transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution. While he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment, he soon discovers Nurse Ratched runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward's patients.


Randle Patrick McMurphy: A manual laborer, gambler, carnival barker, Korean War hero with a dishonorable discharge, and con man admitted to the ward from Pendelton Prison Farm, diagnosed as a psychotic. Not really insane.

Nurse Ratched: The former Army nurse. She maintains order by exercising absolute authority over the hospital staff and its patients.

Chief Bromden: A towering man of mixed Native American and white heritage. He is diagnosed as an incurable paranoid-schizophrenic, and pretends to be deaf and mute in order to protect himself.

Dale Harding: A college-educated and effeminate man, who is psychologically "castrated" by his sexy wife and Nurse Ratched.

Billy Bibbit: A 31-year-old man dominated by his mother to the extent that he is still unmarried and a virgin. Bibbit is also a voluntarily committed.

Scallion: The only acute patient besides McMurphy who was involuntarily committed to the hospital. He has fantasies of blowing things up. 

Cheswick: The first patient to adopt McMurphy's rebellious stance.

Martini: A delusional man, who, nonetheless, learns to laugh at himself and the world around him. 

Ricky: An acute turned chronic patient after receiving a botched lobotomy.

Doctor Spivey: A morphine addict, chosen by Nurse Ratched to work on her ward because she can exploit his weakness and vulnerability.

Mr. Turkle: An elderly African-American night watchman who parties along with the patients.

Candy Starr: A prostitute from Portland with a "heart of gold." She is physically attractive and passive.

Sandy Gilfilliam: Candy's older and less-physically attractive friend; comes with her to the party on the ward.


Non-union, no pay.

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