Stepping Out

Los Altos Stage Co. goes 'Cuckoo'

Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” stars, from left: Drew Benjamin Jones (as Billy Bibbit), Bobby Lopez (Aide Williams), Robert Sean Campbell (Randle P. McMurphy), Heather Skelley (Nurse Ratched), David Blackburn (Dale Harding), Marc Berman (Aide Warren) and Joe Antonicelli (Martini).

Los Altos Stage Company this week launches its production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s classic novel.

Shows are slated to run Thursday through May 7 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

“Cuckoo’s Nest” explores life in an Oregon mental institution run by Nurse Ratched, whose domineering authority controls the lives of patients and staff alike. That is, until Randle P. McMurphy arrives. With his freewheeling spirit, energy and charm, he begins to transform the ward.

A battle of wills ensues between Ratched and McMurphy as the timeless conflict of authority versus freedom plays out.

“Cuckoo’s Nest” delves into questions pertinent to modern society, such as how far should authority go to maintain order and what price are we willing to pay to truly be ourselves?

Kesey’s 1962 novel was made into a successful film in 1975.

Jeff Clarke directs, supported by scenic designer Ting Na Wang, costume designer Sharon Peng and lighting designer Jarku Tang.

Robert Sean Campbell stars as McMurphy and Heather Skelley portrays Ratched. The cast also includes Claire Ando, Joe Antonicelli, Marc Berman, David Blackburn, Aaron Hurley, Drew Benjamin Jones, John Stephen King, Gary Landis, Keith Larson, James Devreaux Lewis, Bobby Lopez and Toni Maddocks.

Performances are set for 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (except April 16). Tickets are $18-$36.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit

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