Jonathan Mesisca in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"
The towering schizophrenic “Big Chief” Bromden — half Irish, half Native American — shuffles in a catatonic haze, sweeping the same corner of the gleaming linoleum floor. He is the symbol of a cracked identity — perhaps a broken nation — caught in the gears of an all encompassing machine of paranoid mental oppression.
Gallery Players announces the much anticipated production of the award-winning play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest based on the novel by Ken Kesey, and adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman. Cuckoo's Nest continues Gallery's 49th Season of operation. This production will be directed by Mark Harborth, with an opening night on March 12th at 8:00 pm.
Boisterous, wry and ultimately calamitous, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is the raw story about life in a mental institution; where following the rules is seen as the only way to prove your sanity. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a powerful exploration of the danger and exquisite beauty of being different.
Evita Reviews: The Theater Barn
"Jonathan Mesisca is Peron himself. His is charismatically good looking without being cloyingly handsome. He sings the role with great conviction. He manages the romantic vision of the dictator well and he projects that charismatic necessity to the part. It is easy to find in his performance a semblance of the man Eva Duarte conquered and kept as her own touchstone of success."
J. Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus
"Jonathan Mesisca is at his best in the thankless role of Juan Peron." - Jeffrey Borak, Berkshire Eagle
"Mesisca (Juan Peron) is powerful and completes the dominant trio of characters on stage." - Burns and Murray, Berkshire on Stage
"Jonathan Mesisca didn't just play Peron, he was Peron." - Joel Laski, Letter to the Theatre
Evita Reviews: The Gallery Players
"Jonathan Mesisca utilizes a believable Argentinian accent as Juan Perón. The real stand out of the production is Jonathan Mesisca's Juan Perón. [...] creating a character that is ambitious yet caring. We see his drive in "The Art of the Possible" come through [...] The tears misting his eyes when he has to tell Eva she is dying tugs on our heartstrings. His resonant baritone instrument sounds great on key numbers like "I'd be Surprisingly Good for You" and "She is a Diamond." - David Clarke, Broadway World
"The standout performers of this production were Dale Sampson (Che) and Jonathan Mesisca (Juan Perón). [...] Mesisca, the lone non-Equity performer in a lead role, outshines his co-stars with a booming baritone voice and an intimidating posture appropriate to the military colonel, as well as garnering our sympathy during the tragic number "Dice Are Rolling" with real tears in his eyes."- Tyler Ianuzi, StageBuddy
"Jonathan D. Mesisca carries off a very convincing Juan Peron, with genuine sympathy and love for his wife Eva."- Thomas Robert Stevens, Applause! Applause!
"Equally effective are Jonathan Mesisca (Juan Peron) and Glen Llanes (Magaldi). These two can really sing and round out the cast well."- Nick Linnehan, Theater That Matters