The play is set in the Day Room in a ward of a State Mental Hospital somewhere in the US Pacific Northwest in the 1960s. Randle P. McMurphy (Mac) is a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. It was written as a novel by Ken Kesey in 1962 and was adapted into a Broadway play by Dale Wasserman. The film, released in 1975, also based on the novel, won 5 Academy awards. Time Magazine included the novel in its 100 Best English language novels from 1923 to 2005.