TheaterWorks to Present FREUD'S LAST SESSION, 1/17-2/23

TheaterWorks to Present FREUD'S LAST SESSION, 1/17-2/23

Freud's Last Session will run January 17 through February 23, 2014 at TheaterWorks in Downtown Hartford.

Freud's Last Session is an award winning play by Mark St. Germain (2011 Best Play Award from the Off-Broadway Alliance). Set in 1939 as England goes to war against the Nazis, its an electrifying conversation about God, love, sex, and the meaning of life - an intoxicating debate between two great minds trying to solve life's great mystery. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud pioneered the Id, the Ego and the Superego. Writer C.S. Lewis created The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Two brilliant but vastly different men, Freud was an atheist and Lewis was a believer.

Just weeks before his death, legendary psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud invites a young C.S. Lewis to his London study. As they listen to radio bulletins about England going to war, religious views become the main theme of their conversation. Once a skeptic, Lewis now has a profound faith in God, while Freud thinks anyone who believes is suffering from obsessional neurosis. Sometimes shocking, often very funny, always thought-provoking, the discussion covers free will, science, myths, joy, pain, the New Testament, family, and of course, sex. 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.

In his TheaterWorks' debut, Kenneth Tigar is Freud, the legendary psychoanalyst and one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. Audiences will recognize Kenneth from many notable roles including the movie The Avengers and the TV show Barney Miller. Jonathan Crombie makes his TheaterWorks' debut as C.S. Lewis. Jonathan is a veteran stage actor and Toronto native who has been seen on Broadway stages and in regional theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Maxwell Williams directs. Producing Artistic Director, Rob Ruggiero is thrilled to welcome Max to TheaterWorks. Hartford theatergoers know him as Hartford Stage's Associate Artistic Director where he has directed widely Popular Productions of Boeing-Boeing, The 39 Steps and Dying City.

Rob added that in addition to the respect he has for Max's work, he is also very excited to deepen TheaterWorks' relationship with Hartford Stage. While the theaters have shared a professional rapport for years, new collaborations will only serve to enhance the theater-going experience for Greater Hartford audiences.

Freud's Last Session runs January 17 through February 23, 2014. TheaterWorks is located at City Arts on Pearl - 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT. For seats call 860.527.7838. 2013-2014 four-play subscriptions which includes Freud's Last Session are still available for only $135. For more information, visit www.theaterworkshartford.org.

The production design team includes Evan Adamson (Sets), Thomas Legally (Costume), Philip Rosenberg (Lights), Michael Miceli (Sound) and Sven Nelson (Props) with casting by McCorkle Casting, Ltd. Production Manager is Michael Lenaghan with Kate Cudworth as Production Stage Manager.

Kenneth Tigar (Sigmund Freud) makes his TheaterWorks' debut having played Freud previously at Geva Theatre Center. Kenneth is a familiar face from film and television. His credits span the distance from Barney Miller and the Lethal Weapon movies to Boardwalk Empire and The Avengers. He has acted extensively in regional theaters, performing Salieri in Amadeus, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and Joe Keller in All My Sons, amongst others. Kenneth appeared off-Broadway as Squire Trelawney in Treasure Island and can be seen in last season's Netflix series House of Cards with Kevin Spacey. He has performed Old Wicked Songs in Vienna, Santa Barbara, Sarasota and Lake George; won a Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, two Dramalogue Awards, and South Florida's Carbonell Award; and appeared across the country in his one-man show I Must Be Mr. Boswell about the biographer of Dr. Johnson. He directed the national tour of The Gin Game with Academy Award winner Kim Hunter and is also an accomplished opera director. His translations of Brecht and Wedekind have been performed from Boston to Los Angeles.




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