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Throwback Thursday: “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”

Posted by Alice Hodge | 20 February 2014


This week we're knee-deep in tech rehearsals for A Small Fire, but today we're throwing back to a show that shares almost the exact same creative team: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. (And a little of Bo-Nita, too!)


Director: PCS Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan

Director Rose Riordan and Artist Director Chris Coleman discuss One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Scenic Design: 
Tony Cisek

Tony won a Drammy award for his Scenic Design of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Tony has collaborated with Rose on The Whipping ManThe North Plan, Frost/Nixon, and A Christmas Story. Make sure to check out his ridiculously impressive bio in the playbill for A Small Fire.

The cast of Cuckoo's Nest on Tony's massive set lit by Diane's cold institutional fluorescents.

Willamette Week's Ben Waterhouse gushed over Tony and Diane's design:

Under other circumstances, it would be the gravest of insults to say an actor was upstaged by the scenery, but in Rose Riordan’s new production of Kesey’s classic novel, it could hardly be otherwise. Here the asylum is not merely the setting but the lead antagonist: a breathing, blinking being dedicated to extinguishing the humanity of its inhabitants, with Nurse Ratched as its agent. It’s a hell of a set piece, designed by Tony Cisek and lit in a breathtaking realist style by Diane Ferry Williams, all green tile and fluorescent tubes and heavy steel doors, and it transcends verisimilitude. It glowers.


Lighting Design: Diane Ferry Williams

Diane won a Drammy award for her work on Cuckoo's Nest and is the resident lighting designer at the Marriot Theater in Chicago. Prior to A Small Fire, she most recently worked with Rose on The Whipping Man, for which she also won a Drammy.

Chief Bromden (Tim Sampson) and Nurse Ratched (Gretchen Corbett)

Costume Design:
 Jeff Cone

Jeff, Resident Costume Designer, is now in his 16th season, has designed over 75 productions at PCS and has recieved countless Drammy awards. To properly examine Jeff's work in weekly Throwback Thursdays would take over a year and a half. Needless to say, his work is nothing short of amazing. 

Billy Bibbitt (Ryan Tresser) shares with Nurse Ratched (Gretchen Corbett) during group therapy while Chief Bromden (Tim Sampson) looms in the background.


Bo-Nita director Gretchen Corbett also won a Drammy for her role as the terrifying Nurse Ratched.


A Small Fire runs February 22 — March 23. Tickets available HERE.


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