Staff Report
HAMILTON — It’s been a banner year for Matt Neal: he’s a singer who released a musical album in the same 12 months he has directed three theater productions for Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre.
Three.

Neal’s current show is “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which opens at 8 p.m. Thursday and runs through Sunday on stage at Parrish Auditorium. It has more than a dozen local actors and begs the question, is Nurse Ratched really the villain in this play?
“Are you sure? Double check,” Neal writes in his director’s note in the show’s program handed to patrons who will see the play.

"Ken Kesey wrote 'Cuckoo's' with Chief Bromden narrating the action from within his mind to draw comparison to how we have marginalized the indigenous people of America," Neal said in his director's note. "Silenced. Forgotten. Bromden represents not a single tribe, but an entire culture of people forced to stand to the side."


Neal most recently directed “Assassins,” a musical performed in September at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. It was produced as a partnership of the arts facility and GHCT. He also directed last February’s “The Foreigner,” a comedic play that drew good audiences.
In addition to directing, Neal released “At Your Service” in early January 2019. It’s an album with everything from rock-n-roll to contemporary musical theatre songs, featuring the singer’s baritone voice.

's an album with everything from rock-n-roll to contemporary musical theatre songs, featuring the singer's baritone voice.

“At Your Service”

As far as this weekend’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” performances, Neal says patrons should forget the movie of the same name and go deeper in thought with the GHCT production, which questions whether the patients in the insane asylum are actually insane, or just misunderstood.
“Ken Kesey wrote ‘Cuckoo’s’ with Chief Bromden narrating the action from within his mind to draw comparison to how we have marginalized the indigenous people of America,” Neal said in his director’s note. “Silenced. Forgotten. Bromden represents not a single tribe, but an entire culture of people forced to stand to the side.”
Get tickets to see GHCT’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by visiting www.ghctplay.com or calling (513) 737-PLAY. Tickets ($17) are also available at the door at the auditorium, which is on the Miami Hamilton campus at 1601 University Blvd.