This Tony Award winning stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel explores the brutality of life in a mental institution with humor, candor and unforgettable characters. It was later made into a major motion picture that received five Academy award, including for Best Picture
RANDLE P. MCMURPHY – Male lead
A gambler, a con man, and a backroom brawler. He is rebellious, volatile, charismatic, cocky, and life loving. Randall is a free-spirited leader whose mission in life seems to be raising as much hell as possible.
NURSE RATCHED – Female lead
The head of the hospital ward. She masks her humanity and femininity behind a stiff, patronizing façade. She weakens her patients through a psychologically manipulative program designed to destroy their self esteem.
CHIEF BROMDEN – Male supporting
The huge, bull‐muscled, half‐breed son of an Indian Chief. He has been in the hospital for more than ten years. He sees modern society as a huge, oppressive conglomeration that he calls the Combine, and the hospital as a place meant to fix people who do not conform.
BILLY BIBBIT – Male supporting
Shy with a bad stutter. He seems younger than his age. Dominated by his mother, one of Nurse Ratched’s close friends. Billy is voluntarily in the hospital.
DALE HARDING – Male supporting
College‐educated with a sharp mind and tongue. He is president of the Patients’ Council. Although he is married, he is effeminate and questions he’s own masculinity.
CHESWICK – Male supporting
Eager and quick to argue or fight. Aggressively defiant yet cringing. All talk, no action.
MARTINI – Male supporting
An inmate with a dim, foolish smile and infantile manner. He lives in a world of delusional hallucinations.
SCANLON – Male supporting
Involuntarily committed to the hospital. He has fantasies of blowing things up. Uses foul language.
RUCKLY – Male supporting
A Chronic patient. Was once curable, but was transformed into a chronic patient due to a botched lobotomy. Uses foul language.
NURSE FLINN – Female supporting
A vapid woman with apprehensive eyes. She wears a gold cross at her throat, a sign of her strict Catholic upbringing. She is fearful of the patients’ sexuality.
DR. SPIVEY – Male supporting
The administrator and psychiatrist of the mental institution. He doubts that anything is wrong with McMurphy’s mind, but he defers to the opinion of Nurse Ratched.
CANDY STARR – Female supporting
A prostitute from Portland with a "heart of gold." She is physically attractive and passive, and relieves Billy Bibbit of his virginity.
SANDY GILFILLIAM ‐ Female supporting
Candy's older and less‐physically attractive friend; comes with her to the party on the ward
AIDE WARREN and AIDE WILLIAMS – Male supporting
The Day Time Aides. Cruel and demeaning, they are Nurse Rached’s stooges.
AIDE TURKLE – Male supporting
The nighttime orderly for Nurse Ratched’s ward. He is an elderly Tech/night watchman who smokes marijuana.