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On the day England enters World War II, legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young, rising Oxford don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. There, only weeks before Freud took his own life, they engage in a humorous and deeply touching battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex and the existence of God.
Intellectual debate and food for thought: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents Mark St. Germain’s off-Broadway hit, Freud’s Last Session. Emmy Award-winner Robert Mandel directs for a January 13 opening, with performances continuing through March 4 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.
Suggested by the book “The Question of God” by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., the play imagines a meeting between the father of psychoanalysis, Dr. Sigmund Freud, and rising Oxford don and author C.S. Lewis, newly converted to Christianity. The conversation takes place in London on Sept. 3, 1939 — the day England entered World War II, and just two weeks before Freud, in the advanced stages of oral cancer, took his own life.
Freud (Martin Rayner, in the role he created for the world premiere production at the Barrington Stage Company, off-Broadway at New World Stages and in Chicago at the Mercury Theatre) invites the younger Lewis (Martyn Stanbridge, whose theater work includes UK tours of The Graduate, Rebecca, Dangerous Obsession and Lotty's War) to his home, where they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex and the existence of God. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
“The debate of God’s existence set against the backdrop of George VI committing Britain to WWII and Freud’s last days is compelling and dramatic,” says Mandel. “The dialogue is thought provoking, smart and humorous. For me, it’s at its best when it moves away from theoretical discussion to the effect it has personally on Freud and Lewis.”
Freud’s Last Session premiered at Barrington Stage Company in 2009. It opened off-Broadway at New World Stages on July 22, 2010, where it ran for two years and 775 performances, garnering the Off Broadway Alliance Award. The New York Times found it a “sharp, lively discourse… audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased,” while the Huffington Post called it “riveting… a theatrical and intellectual delight.” NY1 hailed the play as “a gem… intellectually thrilling with both humor and insight in abundance…the kind of nuance that breathes life into history.”
Performances of Freud’s Last Session take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Jan. 13 through March 4. On Sunday, Jan. 14 only, the performance will be at 5 p.m. with no 2 p.m. matinee. Additional weeknight performances are scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 24 Thursday, Feb. 8 Wednesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, March 1, all at 8 p.m. Talkbacks with the cast follow the performances on Friday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 24. Tickets range from $30 to $35 there will be three “Tix for $10” performances on Wednesday, Jan. 24 Friday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, March 1. The third Friday of every month is wine night at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.
The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.
Presenter / Producer: Odyssey Theatre
Theater > Drama
Event Phone: 310-477-2055 x2
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 1/13/2018 - 3/4/2018
Wed.-Sat. 8:00 pm Sun. 2:00 pm (except 1/14, 5:00 pm)
$30-$35 ($10 Tix available on 1/24,2/2 and 3/1)
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