Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre

By: Aug. 07, 2015

Rehearsals are underway for the Alliance's upcoming production of the classic 1960s drama, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Dale Wasserman and based on the novel by Ken Kesey. The Alliance's production, directed by Susan V. Booth (Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Geller Girls, August: Osage County), will feature some of Atlanta's most talented and well-respected actors in one of the largest ensembles of the 2015/16 season. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal!

In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Randle McMurphy charms his way onto a psych ward thinking it's the easy way to serve out a six-month prison sentence. There he encounters Nurse Ratched, a disciplined and extremely focused agent of authority. Randle uses his charisma and humor to breathe life into the ward and lead the other patients into open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Nurse Ratched and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle-with shattering results. This powerful American drama explores the beauty and danger of being a free spirit in a closed system.

Leading the cast in the role of Randle McMurphy is Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant. Ghant last appeared at the Alliance as Leland in the Alliance's 20th anniversary production of Blues for an Alabama Sky. He can be seen annually in the Alliance's production of A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit. The role of domineering Nurse Ratched will be played by Tess Malis Kincaid. Kincaid last appeared at the Alliance as Liz Eliason in the world premiere Broke, by Janece Shaffer, and as Barbara in August: Osage County. Both roles earned her the Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play.

Also joining the 16-member cast are Andrew Benator (A Christmas Carol, August: Osage County) as Dale Harding; Richard Garner (August: Osage County) as Scanlon; Chris Kayser (A Christmas Carol, August: Osage County) as Ruckly; Joe Knezevich (A Christmas Carol, August: Osage County) as Cheswick; Eric Mendenhall (Regional: Other Desert Cities) as Billy Bibbit; Jeremy Proulx (BONES: An Aboriginal Dance Opera) as Chief Bromden; Anthony P. Rodriguez (Aurora Theatre: Mariela in the Desert) as Anthony Martini; Tonia Jackson (True Colors Theatre: Detroit '67) as Sandy, Bethany Anne Lind (Edward Foote, August: Osage County) as Candy Starr; David de Vries (A Christmas Carol) as Dr. Spivey; Ann Marie Gideon (Edward Foote, The Geller Girls) as Nurse Flinn; Scott Warren (Theatrical Outfit: Confederacy of Dunces) as Aide Turkle; and Terry Guest (Actor's Express: Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet) and Daniel Triandiflou (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) as Aides Warren and Williams.

Members of the Cuckoo's Nest creative team include Tony Award-winning Scenic Designer Todd Rosenthal (August: Osage County); Costume Designer Linda Roethke (The Geller Girls); Sound Designer Clay Benning (Blues for an Alabama Sky); and Lighting Designer Ken Yunker (Native Guard).

Regular performances of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are September 2 - 20, 2015. There will be no performance on Saturday, September 5 at 2:30 p.m. Opening Night is Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office in person or by calling 404.733.5000. Tickets are also available online at www.alliancetheatre.org/cuckoo. The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street.

Photo Credits: Kathleen Covington and John Maley

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Costume sketches for the Alliance Theatre’s 2015/16 production of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. Costume design by Linda Roethke.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Research materials

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Research materials

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Set model. Set design by Tony Award winner Todd Rosenthal.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Director Susan V. Booth greets actor Jeremy Proulx

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Danielle Mills, James Baskin, and Tess Malis Kincaid

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Terry Guest, Daniel Triandiflou, Ann Marie Gideon, and Joe Knezevich

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Andrew Benator and Chris Kayser

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Director Susan V. Booth and Technical Director Kyle Longwell present the set model

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Director Susan V. Booth and Technical Director Kyle Longwell present the set model

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Anthony P. Rodriguez, Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant, and Andrew Benator

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Tess Malis Kincaid and Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Costume Designer Linda Roethke presents the costume sketches

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Costume Designer Linda Roethke presents the costume sketches

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Joe Knezevich, Jeremy Proulx, Tonia Jackson, and Fight Choreographer Kelly Mann

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast member Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant reviews research materials

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Eric Mendenhall and Chris Kayser

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Stage Manager Bret Torbeck and Director Susan V. Booth

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Terry Guest, Daniel Triandiflou, and Ann Marie Gideon

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Stage Manager Bret Torbeck and Director Susan V. Booth

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Tess Malis Kincaid and Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Tess Malis Kincaid and Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast member David de Vries

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Assistant Stage Manager R. Lamar Williams, cast members Richard Garner, Jeremy Proulx, David de Vries, Joe Knezevich, and Technical Director Kyle Longwell

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant and Eric Mendenhall

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast member Bethany Anne Lind

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Director Susan V. Booth

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members Joe Knezevich and Richard Garner

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast members David de Vries and Scott Warren

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast member Tess Malis Kincaid

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST at Alliance Theatre
Cast member Andrew Benator



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