Freud's Last Session playing New World Stages

Mark St. Germain's new play Freud's Last Session, currently playing through to 2 Oct 2011 at Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, will transfer to New World Stages / Stage 5 where it will open on 16 Oct 2011, following previews from 7 Oct.

Freud's Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites a young, little-known professor, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash about the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life - only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own.

Mark St. Germain's new play was suggested by the bestselling book 'The Question of God' by Harvard's Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.

Directed by Tyler Marchant, the cast features Mark H. Dold as 'C.S. Lewis' and Martin Rayner as 'Sigmund Freud.'

The design team includes Brian Prather (set), Mark Mariani (costume) Clifton Taylor (lighting) and Beth Lake (sound).


Mark St. Germain has written the plays 'Camping with Henry and Tom' (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards), 'The Best of Enemies,' 'Out of Gas on Lovers Leap' and 'Forgiving Typhoid Mary.' With Randy Courts, he has written the musicals 'The Gifts of the Magi,' 'Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller' and 'Jack's Holiday' at Playwrights Horizons. TV credits include Writer and Creative Consultant for 'The Cosby Show.' St. Germain co-wrote the screenplay for the film 'Duma', and he directed and co-produced the documentary 'My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story' featuring Richard Gere, Glenn Close and Edward Albee, among others.

Mark H. Dold (C.S. Lewis) appeared on Broadway in 'Absurd Person Singular,' and his Off-Broadway credits include 'Shockheaded Peter,' 'Comic Potential,' 'Race,' 'The Winter's Tale,' 'Othello,' 'The Seagull,' 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'Spread Eagle' and 'Timon of Athens.'

Martin Rayner's (Sigmund Freud) Broadway credits include 'The Invention of Love' and 'Sixteen Wounded.' His Off-Broadway appearances include 'Travels with My Aunt,' 'Gates of Gold,' 'Henry V' and 'Kit Marlowe.' TV credits include "Dr. Chaotica" on "Star Trek: Voyager," "Frasier" and "Benjamin Franklin."

Director Tyler Marchant most recently directed Lee Blessing's 'Going to St. Ives' at Barrington Stage Company. For six years, he served as Associate Artistic Director at Primary Stages. Tyler was nominated for a 2010 Joe A. Callaway Award for his direction of Freud's Last Session.

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