Two For the Couch: Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh Star in L.A.-Area Freud's Last Session, Starting Jan. 11
By Kenneth Jones
Mark St. Germain's two-character play Freud's Last Session begins a Los Angeles run Jan. 11 with its starriest cast yet — two-time Tony Award winner Judd Hirsch as Sigmund Freud and Tom Cavanagh (of TV's "Ed") as C. S. Lewis.
Tyler Marchant, who directed the play's world premiere for Barrington Stage Company and its Off-Broadway and Chicago incarnations, again helms. Performances continue to Feb. 10 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. The Broad Stage and CRC Productions produce.
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.
Judd Hirsch is a two-time Tony Award winner for I'm Not Rappaport and Conversations With My Father. His other Broadway credits include Barefoot in the Park, Chapter Two, Art, Talley's Folly and Knock Knock. Off-Broadway, he starred in The Hot l Baltimore and The Seagull. Hirsch won two Emmys for the long-running hit TV series "Taxi." His other film and TV credits include "A Beautiful Mind," "Ordinary People" (Oscar nomination), "Damages," "Serpico," "Running on Empty," "Numb3rs," "The Law," "Color of Justice," "Independence Day" and "Dear John."
Tom Cavanagh is best known as the star of the hit NBC series "Ed." On Broadway, he starred in Urinetown and Shenandoah. His other film and TV credits include "Scrubs," "Stories from the Vaults," "Royal Pains," "Love the '80s," "Bang Bang You're Dead," "The Outer Limits," "Jack & Bobby," "Eli Stone," "Love Monkey," "Trust Me," "Anya's Bell" and more. He appeared in Off-Broadway's Some Americans Abroad.
The playing schedule is Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 4 & 8 PM, and Sundays at 1 & 5 PM. The running time is 84 minutes with no intermission. 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.
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