FREUD'S LAST SESSION Ends Sunday in Chicago; L.A. Run Begins 1/11
The Chicago production of FREUD'S LAST SESSION, New York's long-running hit play by Mark St. Germain, will end its run this Sunday, November 11th at The Mercury Theatre. Starring Mike Nussbaum and Coburn Goss, FREUD'S LAST SESSION was extended several times by popular demand after opening on March 26th to unanimous rave reviews. Next up for the international hit play will be this winter's Los Angeles run, starring Judd Hirsch as Sigmund Freud and Tom Cavanagh as C. S. Lewis under the direction of Tyler Marchant, who helmed the New York and ChicaGo Productions. Presented by The Broad Stage and CRC Productions, FREUD'S LAST SESSION will begin performances January 11th for a strictly limited engagement through February 10th at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
The Off-Broadway premiere engagement of FREUD'S LAST SESSION opened on July 22, 2010 and became a sellout sensation throughout its phenomenal two-year run. The show is also currently playing to sold-out houses in Buenos Aires, Philadelphia, Stockholm, Albuquerque, and Honolulu. Additional productions are set to open this season in London, Mexico City, Sydney, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Copenhagen, Phoenix, Cleveland, Tucson, and Santa Fe. FREUD'S LAST SESSION was produced Off-Broadway by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.
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. Mark St. Germain's celebrated play was suggested by the bestselling book The Question of God by Harvard's Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.
Judd Hirsch is a two-time Tony Award winner for I'm Not Rappaport and Conversations With My Father and 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. Mr. Hirsch won two Emmys for the long-running hit TV series "Taxi," and 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," "I Love the '80s," Bang Bang You're Dead, "The Outer Limits," "Jack & Bobby," "Eli Stone," "Love Monkey," "Trust Me," "Anya's Bell," "A Killer Among Us," Two Weeks, The Cake Eaters, Breakfast with Scot, Something More, "Trading Christmas," "Snow," Dangerous Intentions, and Gray Matters.
Playwright Mark St. Germain has written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards); Dr. Ruth, All the Way; The Best of Enemies; Out of Gas on Lover's Leap; and Forgiving Typhoid Mary. With Randy Courts, he has written the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller and Jack's Holiday. TV credits include Writer and Creative Consultant for "The Cosby Show." Mark co-wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed film Duma, and he directed and co-produced the documentary My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story featuring Richard Gere, Glenn Close and Edward Albee, among many others.
FREUD'S LAST SESSION hosted an unusually large number of celebrity attendees throughout its New York run, including such luminaries as Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Celeste Holm, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Gere, John Cleese, Frank Oz, Marcia Gay Harden, Neil Simon, Peter Bogdanovich, T.R. Knight, Patricia Heaton, Jerry Stiller, Christiane Amanpour, Andy Rooney, Olympia Dukakis, Dick Cavett, Victoria Jackson, Scott Adsit, Dan Lauria, Cornel West, Roger Goodell, Peter Shaffer, John Kander, Dr. Ruth (10 times!), Frances Sternhagen, The Amazing Kreskin, Tina Louise, and Louis Zorich.
The playing schedule for FREUD'S LAST SESSION in Los Angeles will be Tuesday through Friday evenings 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 www.TheBroadStage.com or by calling 310-434-3200. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street inside the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.