George Morfogen and Jim Stanek Step Into Freud's Consulting Room in NYC Starting March 16
By Kenneth Jones
The couch of Off-Broadway's Freud's Last Session gets two new occupants — George Morfogen as Freud and Jim Stanek as C.S. Lewis — beginning March 16 at New World Stages. Original cast members Martin Rayner and Mark H. Dold are Chicago-bound for the Midwest premiere of the Mark St. Germain play.
The Chicago run begins March 21 at the Mercury Theatre. On Feb. 20, the New York staging hit its 600th performance.
Under the direction of Tyler Marchant, 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," according to production notes. "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.
Morfogen starred on TV's "Oz" as Bob Rebadow. His Broadway credits include An Inspector Calls, Arms and the Man, Fortune's Fool and A Man for All Seasons. Off-Broadway credits include Mrs. Warren's Profession, Uncle Bob, The Country Girl, Cyrano, All's Well That Ends Well, Richard II, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Othello, Cymbeline, Henry V and A Midsummer Night's Dream (at The Public).
Stanek starred on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Lestat, and Off-Broadway in Jacques Brel…; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Captains Courageous; Saturday Night; Slut; and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Freud's Last Session is produced Off-Broadway by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.
The performance schedule is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM; with matinees Wednesday at 2:30 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
New World Stages is at 340 W. 50th Street. Tickets are $65 and are available at Telecharge.com (212) 239-6200 or through www.FreudsLastSession.com.
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