Author: Mark St. Germain
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; Bklt edition (February 24, 2011)
Category: Dramas & Plays
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Mark St. Germain's two-character play Freud's Last Session begins a Los Angeles run Jan. 11 with its starriest cast yet - two-time Tony Award winner Judd Hirsch as Sigmund Freud and Tom Cavanagh (of TV's "Ed") as C. S. Lewis. Freud's Last Session.
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But Mr. St. Germain has delved into the writings of the two men and the scholarship of Dr. Nicholi to create a fast-moving 75-minute debate about a huge, compelling topic. Freud’s Last Session is, above all, a play of ideas. As Freud and Lewis argue about whether belief in God is merely a childish fantasy, in Freud’s view, or a crucial element of a meaningful life, in Lewis’s, the BBC keeps interrupting with the latest news bulletins. The news could be better. Mr. Germain has cleverly set his play on Sept. It’s men, not God, not Lucifer, who created prisons, slavery, bombs, contends Lewis. Man’s suffering is the fault of man. Germain is an American playwright, author, film and television . His previous play, Freud's Last Session, premiered in the summer o. . Germain is an American playwright, author, film and television writer. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Osha Gray Davidson, St. Germain's play dramatizes the relationship between . Ellis (a local KKK leader) and Ann Atwater (an African-American civil rights organizer) during a racially tense period in the desegregation of Durham, North Carolina schools. His previous play, Freud's Last Session, premiered in the summer of 2009, also at the Barrington Stage Company, and had a long run at the New World Stages in New York City.
Entering Freud's study, Lewis apologizes for being late due to evacuations. How ironic-or perhaps not-that the backdrop to their session is the imminence of world war and the terminal stages of Freud's personal war with oral cancer. Freud responds, I had given you up for los.if I wasn't eighty-three I would say it doesn't matter (p. 8). From this moment on, we become immersed in their challenges to each other, their sense of irony, and their deeply held convictions. How poignant that the anti-Semitism that fuels Hitler's toxic beliefs and actions is the setting for a discussion about faith-whether a godly faith or a faith in science.
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In "Freud's Last Session," now in a second . Martin Rayner and Mark H. Dold capture the intellectual ferocity of Freud and Lewis.
In "Freud's Last Session," now in a second engagement at the intimate studio space of the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass. the pioneer of psychoanalysis debates the existence of God with the passionate advocate of Christianity, who has had a conversion from strident atheism. Germain has previously played with history and fiction in such plays as "Camping With Henry and Tom" (an encounter between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison) and "Ears on a Beatle" (two FBI agents eavesdropping on John Lennon).
Freud’s Last Session. By Mark St. Germain, directed by David Ferry. Germain attempts to flesh out the characters by bringing sexuality and psychoanalysis into the frame: as they verbally joust about who’s analyzing whom, histories and secrets are revealed. Through May 14 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. hgjewishtheatre. The play doesn’t really pursue the implications of the intimacy that’s forced between the two men in its bizarre climax, however; to have done so would have resulted in a darker, messier - but perhaps more vibrant - drama.