by Dale Wasserman
adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey
Director - Dimitar Marinoff
Asst. Director - Russ Allen
Producer - Enid Munk
October 11 - November 3

"Scarifying and powerful" - NY Times "Funny, touching, and exciting." - NY Daily News "Brilliant. The stuff of great theatre." - WQR Radio. STORY: A charming rogue contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession had been unable to do for 12 years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads the 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 submitted to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction - a frontal lobotomy. "


Chief BromdenCervantez, Robert
Nurse RatchedBell, Susan
McMurphyTaylor, Kenneth
HardingBecker, Rhett
Dr. SpiveyBlum, George
CheswickShadbolt, Robert
MartiniRivas, Dave
Billy BibbittMaeatas, Jeremiah
WarrenBradley, Kirk
WilliamsDeCarlo, John
Nurse FlinnDonnelly, Lee
TurkleAllen, Russ
Candy StarrBrower, Kathleen
SandraPollock, Holly

Cast Members

Susan Bell - Lee Donnelly - Kenneth Taylor

Bob Cervantez
Kenneth Taylor - Rett Becker - David Rivas
Jeremiah Maestas

Russ Allen - Kenneth Taylor
Holly Pollock - Kathleen Brower

Lee Donnelly

Kenneth Taylor

Susan Bell

Holly Pollock

Bob Cervantez

Kathleen Brower

Rett Becker

Kirk Bradley

John DeCarlo

George Blum

Jeremiah Maeatas

Dave Rivas

Russ Allen

Robert Shadbolt



ProducerEnid MunkTehnical ManagerManny Lopez
DirectorDimiter D. MarinoffCostume DesignerDoreen Jacobs
Stage ManagerEvelyn ClappProperty MistressMary Lou Reyen
Stage CrewCast & CrewHouse ManagerKathy Van Buren
Set DesignDimiter D. MarinoffLobby DressersEnid Munk, Brenda Robinson, Brent Stringfield, LaBeth Thompson
Set Construction ChiefJohn SeagrenProgramAnnette Spadafore
Set Construction CrewJoel Colbourn, Sherrie Colbourn, Chris Robinson, Barb SeagrenProgram Cover/Flyer DesignDimiter D. Marinoff
Set RealizationSherrie Colbourn, Manager; Russ Allen, George Blum Joel Colbourn, John DeCarlo, Karen Hartford, Enid Munk, Mary Lou ReyenPhotographyMike Trueblood, Diane Sherwin
Music & Sound DesignDimiter D. MarinoffPublicitySherrie Colbourn
Music & Sound EditingMichael ShapiroPrintingPoway Printers
Lighting DesignDimiter D. MarinoffWebmasterElden R. Davisson
Sound & Lighting OperatorLarry ClappChildren's Nursery Rhyme RecordingBill Corkery Productions
Artistic ManagerBrent Stringfield  

Theater Review
Pomerado Newspaper Group
October 24, 2002
by Pat Kumpan

Strong acting packs punch in PowPAC's searing 'Cuckoo's Nest'

Few plays have the poignant punch that "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" has: an internal look into a 195Os insane asylum from a patient's view-point.

The show is being performed by a stellar cast through Nov. 3 at the Poway Performing Arts Company, 13250 Poway Road.

After experiencing several sell-out performances, the management is considering extending the run, but had not made its decision before press time. For details, call the box office at (858) 679-8085.

"Cuckoo's Nest" has become a classic since Dale Wasserman brilliantly adapted it from Ken Kesey's 1962 novel.

Touching, intense, thought-provoking - the show is definitely an adult- only venue that is packed with raw language and intended for mature audiences.

Some of the dialogue has been cleaned up a bit, since licensing agreements suggest that each community can adjust the script accordingly, said a PowPAC spokeswoman.

But what would "Cuckoo's Nest" be without a bite of reality?

Don't be fooled into thinking it's a comedy, although it has some lighter moments. Expect a seesaw of emotions that leaves you wondering, yet enlightened when you walk away.

The show focuses on the daily activities of patients who are not committed, but have chosen to stay in the asylum. They are joined by newcomer R.P. McMurphy, who gets the choice of jail time or being with psychiatric patients.

What he doesn't know is that his term in the asylum will stretch longer if the staff deems he is not fit to return to society.

Robert Cervantez gives a riveting display as Chief Browden, who pretends to be deaf and dumb to fool the nurses. He holds conversations with his dead father that are haunting.

"I need about 20 minutes before each show to pace back and forth;" Cervantez said. "I get into my role completely."

On stage, it shows.

Kenny Taylor, as McMurphy, plays an irreverent ex-con to the hilt. He has enough bravado, charm and muscle to pull off a challenge with hardnosed Nurse Ratched or so he thinks.

Jeremiah M. Maestas as Billy Bibbitt, a 30-year-old still tied to his mother's apron strings, and Dave Rivas as Martini, who hides in a psychotic world, are superb by saying more with physical gestures than words.

After the play, both said they are drained by the emotional effort it takes to get the part right.

Rett Becker plays Dale Harding with great depth as the "voice of reason" and head of the patient's council.

Meanwhile, Robert Shadbolt as Cheswick does a nice job of showing how "normal" he can be, except for a few loud outbursts that remind him (and the audience) of where he is.

As Nurse Ratched, Susan Bell is even-handed with rationality in keeping her patients in line. She knows the exact moment when she can play mind games to her advantage.

George Blum has fun being a very ineffective Dr. Spivey and Lee Donnelly is Nurse F'inn, who pales in comparison to Nurse Ratched's tough demeanor.

Look for Kathleen Brower, as Candy Starr, and Holly Stephenson, as Sandra, to liven up the after-hours rendezvous party planned by McMurphy.

As ward aides, Russ Allen, Kirk Bradley and John DeCarlo show the right amount of callousness and disinterest in the patients' well-being.

Director Dimitar Marinoff believes that "individuals create institutions of convenience."

"As a result, one ends up in a self-created 'cage' of convenience which becomes and order of rules, restrictions and regulations."

The performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 3, unless the show is extended another two weeks.

Tickets are , general admission; and , seniors, students and active military. This show is not recommended for children.