Pictured Above (L-R): Constance Macy (Nurse Ratchet), Jeremy Proulx (Chief Bromden) and Mike Price (R.P. McMurphy) in the Cardinal Stage Company production of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST directed by Randy White
Week 2 of rehearsals has just begun with the Cardinal Stage Company on the upcoming production of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. Unfortunately, we did not have the entire cast assembled and available during this first week and we had to improvise in terms of people filling in for others as we started to block scenes in the rehearsal hall. That being said I can attest to the fact that this ensemble, while different from the one I worked with in Atlanta last year on the same play, is just as kind and giving which is great! Truth be told I'm always a little bit nervous when start any new production, especially with a company I don't know and a production with this large a cast. Sometimes a clash of different personalities or inflated egos seriously get in the way of creativity and collaboration. However this cast and director in Indiana are very respectful and truly listen to what I am offering to the creative process.
Revisiting this play with an entirely new director and ensemble is having its share of rewards and challenges. Having performed the role of Chief Bromden in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST not that long ago I feel his monologues and spirit are still very fresh in my bones, and surprisingly, it hasn't been that challenging or difficult to recall the dialogue in my mind during rehearsals. I am quite surprised by how much my mind has retained from the show I did last September in 2015.
One of the biggest challenges in rehearsals has been to sit back and allow this new company to figure out and discover the play for themselves even though I am quite familiar with the story then most. It has been very amusing and thrilling watching a different actor interpret a specific character from the play and bring a new take and perspective on it. I am confident that this cast will eventually hit their strides and really begin to elevate the play. We've only been rehearsing for 1 week as an ensemble and definitely got so much further in terms of establishing character, tone, pacing, blocking, etc.
Want to know more about the talented artists I'm currently working with on the production of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST? Click on this link here to read their bios on the Cardinal Stage Company website. We have roughly 4 more weeks before we open at the Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Centre on February 13th! I really hope some of you out there can come join us in Bloomington, IN during the run of the show from February 12-28, 2016.
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Jeremy AKA Chief Bromden
Pictured Above: Chief Bromden plagued by the nightmarish visions of machinery and fog also known as The Combine from ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.