VERO BEACH — Tickets are on sale now for season 64 of the Vero Beach Theatre Guild.
First up is “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” directed by Michael D. Naffziger. The wildly successful play based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel runs July 14-25.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” premiered on Broadway in 1963. The play won a Tony Award in 2001 for Best Revival. That same year it won Best Revival from both the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle.
The play revolves around Randle Patrick McMurphy, the character played by Jack Nicholson in the movie version, who fakes insanity to serve his sentence for battery and gambling in a psychiatric hospital rather than a prison. McMurphy makes himself the centerpiece of the hospital and leads other patients out of their introversion, including a Native American who had been faking an inability to speak and hear so he wouldn’t have to interact with others.
Author Ken Kesey famously took a lot of LSD as he was writing the novel. He said his experience with psychedelics made him sympathetic to mental health patients.
Tickets are also on sale now for the remainder of the VBTG season. Up next after Cuckoo’s Nest is Bram Stoker’s thriller “Dracula,” Oct. 6-17. After that is another Tony Award-winner, “Sleuth,” Nov. 10-21.
The first show of 2022 will be the comedy “Calendar Girls,” Jan. 12-23. The Broadway musical “I Do! I Do!” runs Feb. 9–27, followed by the comedy “See How They Run” March 16–27.
The season concludes with another comedy, “Native Gardens,” May 11–22.
Tickets are $30 for the plays and $35 for the musical. Performances are Tues-Sat. evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sat. and Sun. matinees at 2 p.m.
Reservations can be made by calling the box office, (772) 562-8300, Mon. through Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or in person at the VBTG box office, 2020 San Juan Ave., Vero Beach.