Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-10-17

Samford University Theatre will stage "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Oct. 25-28.

The play, made familiar by the classic 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson, tells the tale of Randle P. McMurphy, a convicted felon who has himself declared insane in order to get out of prison and into a more comfortable mental hospital. He soon finds that Nurse Ratched runs the facility with an iron fist, and he quickly challenges the rules.

Dale Wasserman's stage adaptation of the best-selling novel by Ken Kesey made its Broadway premiere in 1963, one year after the book was published.

Samford senior theatre major Brad Roller of Birmingham directs the production.

Annie Hackney, a junior theatre major from Birmingham, plays nurse Ratched. John Cooley, a senior theatre major from Birmingham, plays McMurphy. Matt Godfrey, a senior theatre major from Birmingham, plays chief Bromden.

Other cast members are Bill Camp, Bob Miley , Cody Hays, Jenny Wiggins, Jeremy Hunt, Jordan Bondurant, Kelli Winn, Lisa Jane Wright, Michael Dove, Neal Tucker, Paul Lance, Quincy Price and Rush Brunson.

Performances are in Samford's Harrison Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, 26 and 27; and 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Ticket prices are $10 adults, $8 senior adults and $6 students/children. For information, call (205) 726-2853. For tickets, check the website:

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.