FREUD¬'S LAST SESSION to Hold Talkback, 6/29
FREUD'S LAST SESSION will feature Love, Sex, the Meaning of Life and the Existence of God, a post-show talkback discussion with Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today, Stanton L. Jones, Provost of Wheaton College, and W. Jay Wood, professor and chair in the department of philosophy at Wheaton College, following the 8 p.m. performance on Friday, June 29 at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport in Chicago. Winner of the 2011 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play, the Midwest Premiere of FREUD'S LAST SESSION is now a smash hit in Chicago, having received rave reviews and a Jeff Recommendation. Starring local theater legend, Mike Nussbaum (Emmy, Drama Desk Award, four-time Jeff Award winner, and recent Sarah Siddons Award recipient) as "Sigmund Freud" and Coburn Goss (Vigils at the Goodman Theatre, Dead Man's Cell Phone at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Off Broadway When the Messenger is Hot at 59E59) as "C.S. Lewis," FREUD'S LAST SESSION has been extended twice and is now currently on sale for performances through September 2.
Mark Galli is Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today, one of the most influential religious journals in America. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of a number of books on Christian spirituality, as well as biographies of Francis of Assisi and (forthcoming) theologian Karl Barth. He is married, has three grown children, and enjoys golf, fly fishing, and brewing craft beer.
Stanton L. Jones is Provost of Wheaton College; previously he was Rech Professor of Psychology and Christianity and Chairperson of the Wheaton College Psychology Department. He has been a Research Fellow of the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. He has written books and articles on psychology and Christianity, including "A constructive relationship for religion with the science and profession of psychology: Perhaps the boldest model yet" in the March, 1994, issue of the American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the discipline of psychology.
W. Jay Wood (MA, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is professor and chair in the department of philosophy at Wheaton College. His most recent publications examine the nature of intellectual virtues and the philosophy of religion. He and his wife, Janice, have four children. He enjoys drinking Mark Galli's home crafted beer!
FREUD'S LAST SESSION is by Mark St. Germain under the direction of Tyler Marchant. Additional productions of FREUD'S LAST SESSION are already set to open into 2013 in major markets across the nation and around the world, including London, Madrid, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. Chris Jones of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE called FREUD'S LAST SESSION "Terrific!" and selected it as "Critic's Choice." The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES hailed it as "Compelling Theater!" THE HUFFINGTON POST exclaimed that the production "Clips Along with Wit and Charm!", WINDY CITY TIMES raved that it is "Intimate, Witty and Thought-Provoking!," and LAKE COUNTY JOURNAL called it "Fascinating, quick-witted, compelling!"
FREUD'S LAST SESSION centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the 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 new play was suggested by the bestselling book The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., professor of psychology at Harvard University.