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From left, Nurse Ratched (Lisa Langer) struggles to keep control of the psychiatric ward she runs when a new rebellious patient arrives. With Joshua Adamson, Christian D’Arcy Forma, Travis Wilson, Michael Banks, Ben Bookout, Brendan Cochran, Scott Elmore, Alexander Frost and G. Thomas Cochran. Photo Scot Gerdes

It’s a story so embedded in our psyches that many of us refer to it offhandedly. Who hasn’t teased a cold-hearted friend that she’s acting like Nurse Ratched?

Sopris Theatre Company is bringing the award-winning play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” to the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley April 14-23.

The play, based on a novel by Ken Kesey, centers on the story of McMurphy, who’s faked his insanity to avoid a prison sentence and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. The novel was adapted into a play by Dale Wasserman in 1963, and later an Academy Award-winning film in 1975 based on a screenplay different from the play or book.

The play has had two revivals, in 2001 earning it a Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, both for outstanding revival of a play. Equal parts comedy and drama, the play features characters who will make you laugh and cry as you watch how institutionalism and individual freedom collide.

Schedule and Tickets

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley at 7 p.m. on April 14-15 and 20-22, and 2 p.m. on April 22 and 23. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $13 for students, seniors, and CMC staff and faculty. Because of the adult themes, the play is not suited for those under age 15.

Tickets available at Eventbrite or call 970-947-8177.

See more information about the Sopris Theatre Company at CMC.

Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley is at 3000 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs.