PHOTO CALL: Freud's Last Session, With Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh, Opens at The Broad Stage in CA

By Joseph Marzullo
19 Jan 2013

Mark St. Germain's two-character play Freud's Last Session stars two-time Tony Award winner Judd Hirsch as Sigmund Freud and Tom Cavanagh (of TV's "Ed") as C. S. Lewis under the direction of Tyler Marchant. It opened Jan. 16 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA.


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Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh
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Marchant directed the play's world premiere for Barrington Stage Company and its Off-Broadway and Chicago incarnations.

Performances at The Broad Stage continue through Feb. 10, 2013.

Since its 2010 premiere, the title has blossomed in theatres around the world.

According to the producers, "Freud's Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the young, rising academic star 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 on the existence of God, love, sex, and the meaning of life — only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own. Not just a powerful debate, this is a profound and deeply touching play about two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time."

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

The play was produced Off-Broadway by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas. Its original performers were Mark H. Dold (Lewis) and Martin Rayner (Freud).

Scenic design is by Brian Prather, with costume design by Mark Mariani, lighting design by Clifton Taylor, and sound design by Beth Lake.

Tickets are available at TheBroadStage.com. The Broad Stage is at 1310 11th Street inside the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.

For more information, visit FreudsLastSession.com.