PHAMALY - The Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League, Inc. production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" opens January 12, 2008

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Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League, Inc. (PHAMALY) production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", opens January 12 and runs through February 3, 2008 at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax in Aurora, Colorado. Set in 1971 and narrated by Indian "Chief" Bromden, this story focuses on the antics of gleefully rebellious Randle P. McMurphy. McMurphy has a fine time hustling the patients and challenging the authority of buttoned-up, middle-aged Nurse Ratched who exercises near-total power over those in her care, including her subordinates.

The Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League, Inc. (PHAMALY) production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", directed by Nick Sugar, runs January 12 through February 3, 2008 at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Avenue.

Dale Wasserman's adaptation of the celebrated Ken Kesey novel is a witty, touching and enduring example of an individual's battle not to succumb to the forces of a dehumanizing, demoralizing society.

Set in 1971 and narrated by Indian "Chief" Bromden, this story focuses on the antics of gleefully rebellious Randle P. McMurphy. McMurphy is transferred from a prison work farm to the hospital, thinking it will be an easy way to serve out his sentence. He has a fine time hustling the patients, until he realizes that he is more than a diversion for them; he gives them the lives they are too afraid to live for themselves. McMurphy also presents a discipline problem and challenge to the authority of buttoned-up, middle-aged Nurse Ratched, who exercises near-total power over those in her care, including her subordinates.

Tickets are on sale for the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League, Inc. (PHAMALY) production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" previewing Thursday, January 10 and Friday, January 11 2008; opening Saturday, January 12 and playing through February 3, 2008. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be audio description & Sign Interpretation at the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, January 20. Industry Night is Monday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. Talk backs will follow the shows on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 26. Tickets are $24 full; $22 seniors, students, military, PHAMALY subscribers and members, and Aurora Fox subscribers; $18 groups (Groups call Gloria Shanstrom 303-778-7724); $12 previews; $20 Industry night on Monday, January 21; all Thursday shows are "buy one full price ticket get the 2nd one for half price." For tickets, call 303-739-1970. Info at http://www.phamaly.org.

PHAMALY's mission is to enable people with disabilities to showcase their talents and abilities through live productions and to make the performing arts more accessible to everyone. Each actor is physically or developmentally challenged, some are blind, others hearing-impaired and several are in wheelchairs. Their disabilities include spinal cord injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and others.
For information about PHAMALY go to http://www.phamaly.org or 303-575-0005

In its 19-year existence, PHAMALY has gained national recognition and received numerous honors including the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2006, the company was honored with two Denver Post Ovation Awards and received National recognition with a profile of "The Wiz" on PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. The company's inspirational 2005 production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was named Best Musical of 2005 by The Denver Post; one of the top ten productions of 2005 by the Rocky Mountain News and Best Overall Production of 2005 by the Daily Camera.

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GLORIA SHANSTROM