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:

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.