Dear Sir,

in another column, (as marty's secretary) I left a strange response. now i am here and amazed at your performance.

i am not googling, so i have to say honestly, i am more familiar with 'the king and i' than 'all's well that ends well'. i remember from my childhood yuel brenner and debra kerr in this as a black and white movie.

my favorite play that i saw when i was 19 was 'one flew over the cuckoo's nest' in san diego, california, at san diego community college.

this would have been in 1970-something. i had read the book cover-to-cover in a short time. this production was amazing. ken kesey (who might have been dead by then?) could not have cast the play any better.

chief bromden was played by a native man.

randal p. mcmurphy was an irishman.

billy bobbit or cheswick or another character was played by phil vita. i knew phil well in college. when i saw him years later, he had cut his waist-length hair quite short.

i've forgotten who played nurse ratched, but she was probably blond and bossomy.

the production was spectacular. and as it ended, when chief bromden threw the combine machine through the glass, the crowd went nuts.

years later, on a critique/writing website, "one flew over the . . . " was being discussed and more people said randal was the hero.

NO! not a chance - it was chief bromden, who survived, who brought down the combine, and lived to tell the tale as he was visiting his elders at the spokane river.

sincerely,

ann james

Her writing muse lurks in the volcanic hills amidst mustangs, marmots and jackalopes. While hiking with her dogs, Ann stumbles upon stories of dark humor.