Matthew Scott Moore

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Billy)

Ken Kesey’s savagely satirical novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is set within the confines of an insane asylum. It inspired a popular movie version (starring Jack Nicholson as the untamed McMurphy and Louise Fletcher as the incorrigible Nurse Ratched). The novel has also been successfully adapted as a play. In NTID’s version, all of the inmates used ASL while the despotic Nurse Ratched communicated orally, with a sign interpreter. Matthew played Billy Bibbit, who has a chronic stammer but gains new self-confidence when McMurphy befriends and encourages him. Says Matthew: “This was one of my toughest roles . . . very heavy.”

This sequence of photos was taken for the playbill.
Each image shows the sign-name of a character in the play.

This is how the finished sign-name illustrations looked, as printed in the playbill.
(Just for fun . . . you can play “match-the photo-with-the-drawing”!

Matthew worked with Tom Connor to create this striking playbill,
which was designed to resemble an institutional patient’s docket.

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