Einer flog über das Kuckucksnest
by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey
Directed by Leander Haußmann
A closed ward of a mental facility. A newcomer who challenges the prevailing order. Miloš Forman's 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel is one of the greatest successes in US film history. At the Oscars, it won all five top categories, including best film, director, screenplay, leading actor, and leading actress. Since then, it has become a cult classic. Leander Haußmann's stage production also gained cult status quickly since its premiere in Berlin. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is Haußmann’s first production at RambaZamba Theater, one of the best-known inclusive theaters in the German-speaking world.
Together with his excellent cast, Haußmann investigates what is considered 'normal' in society, only to turn it upside down. In the cuckoo's nest of the closed ward, Head Nurse Ratched reigns supreme. Every day is the same: pills, food distribution, therapy, pills. Everyone's head is spinning, no one fights back. When the newcomer Randle McMurphy arrives, he begins to question Ratched’s reign. "Who's crazy here?" he yells over and over again into the silent room. This is not going to end well.
Last year saw the release of Leander Haußmann's feature film "Stasikomödie," which is the conclusion of his GDR trilogy that includes "Sonnenallee" (2000) and "NVA" (2005). From 1995 to 2000 he was the artistic director at the Schauspielhaus Bochum. Now he returns to the Ruhr area after a long absence with his brilliant new production.
Direction, Stage and Costume Design: Leander Haußmann
With: Christian Behrend, Phil Haussmann, Franziska Kleinert, Anil Merickan, Matthias Mosbach, Dirk Nadler, Jonas Sippel, Sebastian Urbanski, Amon Wendel, Nele Winkler
Performers in the film: Tanju Bilir, Detlev Buck, Claudia Graue, Kunigunde Kuhl, Leander Haußmann, Clara Metzger, Karla Sengteller
Video: Marco Casiglieri
Light Design: Andrei Albu
Sound: Fatemeh Ghasamipour
Dramaturgy: Steffen Sünkel
Note: Stroboscopic lighting is used in the production.
Photos: Andi Weiler