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Jan 16 - Feb 14, 2015
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey

Directed by James M. McCullock
Produced by Bernardo Mazon

"It's a clever little procedure, simple, quick, nearly painless it happens so fast, but no one ever wants another one. Ever." – Nurse Ratched
In a world where sanity means conformity and following the rules is the only way to survive, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is set inside the walls of a state mental hospital in the 1960s. Over 40 years later, both the system and the human experiences are as strikingly similar and relevant today. Leaving an indelible mark on literature, theater, and film, this is the age old struggle for power and questioning authority.
A powerful exploration of the beauty and the danger of being an original.

Cast are: George Bailey, Shelby Blackwood, Bob Christiansen, Gitalia Diferretti, Eric Hedberg, Lee Howeth, Philip John, Kurt Kalbfleisch, Andres Lagang, Marcella Maggio, Carla Nell, Rodney Pablo, Glen Roberts, Steve Schmitz, James Steinberg, and Jerry Young.
Assistant Director: Veronica Palomino
Stephen Schmitz (Randall P. McMurphy) This is Stephen's second time at OnStage, having played David in To Gillian on her 37th Birthday. Other acting credits include 60 Minute Shakespeare (New Village Arts), Fair Use (Diversionary), and Red Light Winter (Triad). Directing credits include Ragnarok for Circle Circle dot dot andThe Last Days of Judas Iscariot for Triad Productions.
Carla Nell (Nurse Ratched) This is Carla's second time onstage at OnStage. She was last seen in Fat Pig. Past directing credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, How I Learned to Drive, and Persuasion. She would like to thank OnStage for the opportunity to work with this talented cast and crew.
Kurt Kalbfleisch (Chief Bromden) is thrilled to be making his debut at OnStage. He previously appeared in The MENding Monologues with InnerMission Productions, most recently at the 2014 San Diego Fringe Festival. People call him "Yoda" at work. No one knows why. He enjoys laughing, especially with his partner, Lynnette.
Philip John (Dr. Spivey) Philip is excited to be returning to OnStage for this production. He was last seen here as Gidger in The Violet Hour. Some of his other local credits include Duckhunter Shoots Angel, Heaven Can Wait, Bent, and TheCrucible.
Jerry Young (Dale Harding) Jerry is excited to be in this production of Cuckoo's Nest and to be working with such a talented cast and director. He was last seen here in Charley’s Aunt. Jerry would like to thank all his “fans” and his beloved wife Reba for all their love, support and enthusiasm. Siochain!
Glen Roberts (Billy Bibbit) Glen Roberts is a San Diego native. He has appeared in numerous plays and films. This is his first appearance at OnStage Playhouse. He would like to give special thanks to the cast and crew, Robert Wald Actor's Studio, and all of YOU for being here.
James Steinberg (Cheswick) James Steinberg has a BA in Theatre Arts from SDSU, where his credits include mainstage productions of Romeo and Juliet and Arcadia. Aubrey Awards: Lead Actor in The Elephant Man and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, both at OnStage. He wasalso nominated for an award for his performance in the film "Crazy Joe".
Eric Hedberg (Scanlon) Eric has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. Other roles include Wait Until Dark, The Odd Couple, Inherit the Wind, My Cousin Rachel, Black Coffee, and Spider's Web.
George Bailey (Martini) is pleased to be making his first appearance at OnStage Playhouse. He has been in several productions on both the East and West Coasts in professional and community theaters. Favorite roles: Mozart Amadeus, Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Georg in She Loves Me and Victor in Barefoot in the Park.
Bob Christiansen (Ruckly) Ruckly is an example of the futility of trying to change an individual's personality and behavior by altering the human body. Cuckoo's Nest has changed our outlook and improved our methods for dealing with those who we consider society's "misfits." Thanks for your support of community theatre.
Lee Howeth (Aide Turkle) Lee is making his debut at the OnStage Playhouse. He has performed roles in All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, Other Desert Cities and as an understudy in Detroit. He has also appeared in several student films. Lee thanks his acting teachers, family, and friends for their continuing encouragement and support.
Rodney Pablo (Aide Warren) is proud to be making his debut with OnStage Playhouse. His notable theatrical credits include El Jardin Secreto, The Honorable Act, Parallel Lives, and Business as Usual. Rodney is also seen as a recurring performer with "Underground Improv". Rodney would like to thank Mike, cast and family/friends for their love and support.
Andres LaGang (Aide Williams) Andres is delighted to make his debut at OnStage Playhouse. He currently studies theatre at Grossmont where he has performed in several productions. Andres has also recently made his musical debut as Sonny in In the Heights. He is grateful for his family, friends, and teachers for their continuing support.
Marcella Maggio (Candy Starr) is thrilled to be making her acting debut at OnStage Playhouse! Other sightings include: Marvin's Room (InnerMission), Hoop Girls (Amigos del Rep), and The Vagina Monologues (InnerMission). She would like to thank her family, friends, and especially her daughters for their endless encouragement and support.
Shelby Blackwood (Sandy) Shelby has been acting since she was a child. After four years of high school theatre, she became a founding member of Muir Theatre Troupe at UCSD. Shelby has most recently worked with Point Loma Actors Theatre and North Park Vaudeville. She is thrilled to be acting with OnStage Playhouse!
Gitalia Diferretti (Nurse Flinn) is excited to be performing in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This is her first production with OnStage Playhouse. She is a student at Southwestern College and would like to thank her fellow cast and director for this opportunity.

James M. McCullock (Director) James is the Associate Artistic Director here at OnStage Playhouse. He has been directing for OnStage since 2000, when he directed Bedside Manners. He has directed over 30 shows, all around town. He currently works for La Jolla Playhouse as a carpenter/set builder. His next project will be as the new Technical Director for Scripps Ranch Theater, as well as teaching at Coronado School of the Arts.

Bernardo Mazon (Producer) Bernardo Mazon thought he ought to try his hand at producing. He's had a blast, and he'd like to thank his friend, Mike, for trusting him again with another great responsibility. E-mail him at if you want to talk acting and theatre and stuff.

Veronica Palomino (Assistant Director) is a college student and a stage tech graduate from Chula Vista High. She has done tech for five years, and teched for plays such as Grease, Les Miserables, West Side Story, and others. This is her second production at OnStage. She thanks her family and boyfriend.
On-line: Adults $20.  Seniors, Students, and Active Military: $17
At the door: Adults $23.  Seniors, Students, and Active Military: $20

Group rates are also available

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.