FEATURE: Going Cuckoo – Meet the Cast of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST – Jeremy Fischer as “R.P. McMurphy”

Jeremy Fischer
Jeremy Fischer
Tonight, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST opens at Falcon Theatre in Newport, KY.  All week we’ve been profiling cast members of the show . . .and we wrap up with the star of the show, R.P. McMurphy played by Jeremy Fischer.
Jeremy began his theatre career in high school.  “A friend of my mother’s who taught theatre told me it was also a great way to meet girls.  I was sold!”  His love of girls also developed into a love of theatre as he earned a BA in Theatre from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Performance from The Clarence Brown Theatre Conservatory at The University of Tennessee.  He has been performing for over 20 years.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST is a play about the relationship between newcomer McMurphy and the other patients – and employees –  in the mental hospital.  He is the central figure in this American classic.  “At the risk of sounding egotistical, McMurphy is the engine that makes the car go.  He literally is the only character in the show that has moments of individual interaction with every other character.”
As one of the patients, Chief Bromden, I can attest to the importance of R.P’s engagement with all the characters  . . . and he the Chief form a special bond.  As this is my first stage acting role, I’ve appreciated the encouragement and warmth that both Fischer and McMurphy have offered on stage and off.  While McMurphy is charismatic and funny, those quiet, intimate moments are the real heart of the play.
Jeremy agrees, “If I were an audience member I would be especially interested in the moments where things slow down and what develops in the easy breathing (so to speak) portions of the show.  Those are the ones that I’m particularly excited about seeing come to fruition.”
Jeremy Fischer as McMurphy and Angel Zachel as Nurse Ratched in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Jeremy Fischer as McMurphy and Angel Zachel as Nurse Ratched in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST

Along with the 17 person cast, Fischer has been working very hard for the last several weeks to prepare for tonight.  “Working on this show has been a challenge in developing relationships with so many characters. It is a rather large cast for a non-musical piece.”

Unlike the freewheeling R.P. McMurphy, Fischer is a family man.  “I usually do not book myself in back-to-back shows so as to ensure that I have time to spend with my family.”  In order to find out what’s next for Jeremy, follow him on Twitter (@jericles) and get to the theatre tonight to see just what kind of trouble he will cause for Nurse Ratched.
Come see “McMurphy” and the rest of the Cuckoo’s Nest cast at Falcon Theatre in Newport, KY beginning tonight and tomorrow and running through April 12th.  Tickets are available here.
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