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Kesey Classic Gets Staged Reading at Santa Monica's Broad Stage
By Jorge Casuso
October 13, 2017 -- When Ken Kesey's first novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was published in 1962, it was hailed as an instant classic -- "boisterous," "nightmarish" and "glowing."
On Monday, Kesey's award-winning book will return to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica in a dress rehearsal/staged reading that is part of Bonnie Franklin’s Classic and Contemporary American Plays (CCAP).The show, tailored for underserved junior and senior high school students and their teachers, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Monnica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street.
"And as he would look out the window, he began to wonder, you know, ‘What’s the difference between the orderlies and the nurse and the patients?’ And he began to see that they were all damaged in some way or another.”
The novel tells the story of McMurphy, who chooses the mental institution to a prison farm thinking it will be less restrictive only to fall under the iron grip of Nurse Ratched, who controls her patients through abuse, medications and electroshock therapy.
"In the story, McMurphy is punished for challenging authority -- crucified with electro-shock therapy, then martyred with a lobotomy," event organizers said.
Monday's event is free, but all tickets include a non-refundable, $2 processing fee. For tickets click here
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