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FREUD'S LAST SESSION Announces June Events

F R E U D’ S   L A S T   S E S S I O N

WINNER OF THE 2011 OFF-BROADWAY

ALLIANCE AWARD FOR BEST PLAY

TO HOST SPECIAL POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSIONS

JUNE 11, 12 & 21

FREUD’S LAST SESSION, the smash hit play by Mark St. Germain, will host special post-performance discussions this Saturday matinee June 11th, Sunday matinee June 12th and Tuesday June 21st led by the playwright and the show’s stars, Mark H. Dold (C.S. Lewis) and Martin Rayner (Sigmund Freud).  They will also conduct Q & A sessions with the audience.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION is the winner of the 2011 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play.  After opening on July 22, 2010 to rave reviews, the show immediately became a sellout sensation at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 10 West 64th Street (at Central Park West).  Additional productions of FREUD'S LAST SESSION are already set through 2011 and 2012 in major markets across the nation and around the world. 

Under the direction of Tyler Marchant, 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 – just 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 Harvard’s Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.

There have been an unusually large number of celebrities spotted throughout this past season at FREUD’S LAST SESSION,including such luminaries as Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Dick Cavett, Marcia Gay Harden, Jerry Stiller, Andy Rooney, Patricia Heaton, John Cleese, Dan Lauria, Celeste Holm, Tina Louise, T.R. Knight, Warner Wolf, Cornel West, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Playwright Mark St. Germain has written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards), Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap and Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”).  With Randy Courts, he has written the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller (winner of an AT&T “New Plays for the Nineties Award”) and Jack’s Holiday at Playwrights Horizons.  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 Storyfeaturing Richard Gere, Glenn Close and Edward Albee, among many others.

Mark H. Dold appeared on Broadway in Absurd Person Singular, and his Off-Broadway credits include Shockheaded Peter, Comic Potential, Race, The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Seagull, Romeo and Juliet, Spread Eagle, and Timon of Athens.  Regionally, Mark has appeared at the Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe (San Diego Critics Circle Award), Chicago Shakespeare, Shakespeare DC, Long Wharf (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Trinity Rep, and Yale Rep. 

Martin Rayner’s Broadway credits include The Invention of Love and Sixteen Wounded.  His Off-Broadway appearances includeTravels with My Aunt, Gates of Gold, Henry V, and Kit Marlowe.  Martin’s favorite regional roles were at Yale Rep: Underground andYou Never Can Tell; McCarter: Loot; American Repertory Theater: King Lear and When We Dead Awaken; Wilma: The Invention of Love and The Magic Fire.  TV credits include Dr. Chaotica on Star Trek: Voyager, Frasier and Benjamin Franklin.  

FREUD’S LAST SESSIONis presented Off-Broadway by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.  The performance schedule is Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesday through Friday evenings at 8pm, Saturdays at 2 & 8pm, and Sundays at 3 & 7pm.  Tickets are $65 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.FreudsLastSession.com.  A limited number of $20 Student Rush tickets (cash only, with valid student ID) are available at the box office beginning three hours prior to each performance. 

For more information, visit www.FreudsLastSession.com.