Mike Nussbaum and Coburn Goss Will Assume Freud's Couch in Chicago's Extended Session

By Kenneth Jones
April 24, 2012

The Chicago engagement of Mark St. Germain's Freud's Last Session at the Mercury Theater has been extended to July 15, the producers announced on April 24. Mike Nussbaum and Coburn Goss join the production on May 2.



Veteran Chicago actor Nussbaum, who originated roles in David Mamet's American Buffalo, A Life in the Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross, will step into the role of Dr. Sigmund Freud (created by Martin Rayner).

Coburn Goss, whose Chicago credits include the world premiere of Vigils and The Crowd You're In With, will play Christian scholar and writer C.S. Lewis (created by Mark H. Dold).

Dold and Rayner created the parts for Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts, opened the still-running Off-Broadway production and then opened the Chicago run earlier this year. They exit the Windy City April 29. They return to the Off-Broadway production at New World Stages on May 2.

Tyler Marchant directs the play, an imagined meeting of minds — atheist Freud, Christian Lewis — in Freud's London consulting room on the eve of World War II. Within weeks, Freud would take his own life.

Freud's Last Session is presented in Chicago and Off-Broadway in New York by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas. Scenic design is by Brian Prather, costume design by Mark Mariani, lighting design by Clifton Taylor, and sound design by Beth Lake.

The Chicago performance schedule is Wednesdays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 1 PM and 5 PM.

Tickets range from $45 to $59. Student tickets are $22 (with valid student ID). For tickets and information contact the Mercury Theater (3745 N. Southport) at (773) 325-1700 or mercurytheaterchicago.com. For groups of ten or more, call Group Theater Tickets at (312) 423-6612.

For more information about Chicago and New York productions, visit FreudsLastSession.com.