Every so often in the Nashville theater community there emerges a burning desire to mount this Dale Wasserman play based on the famous Ken Kesey novel. The script is chock-full of distinctive roles that actors covet, plus the play features many memorable scenes that feed dramatically off the theme of freedom versus institutional control — a potent goad for audiences. Cuckoo’s Nest offers a tense situation and the potential for big moments, but for Circle Players the devil will be in the details of the performances and the production’s tone. Director Clay Hillwig has the challenge of presenting this 50-year-old warhorse in such a way that we’ll be content to overlook its dated aspects and savor what’s fresh about this particular cast’s characterizations. Mitchell Blankman is McMurphy, Heather Alexander is Nurse Ratched, and the 14 other thespians include veterans Michael Roark, Tony Nappo and Cat Arnold. This is Circle Players’ first production of the modern classic since the turn of the 21st century. Street Theatre Company mounted the play in 2007.