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Freud’s Last Session Imagines on Arizona’s Stage the Electrifying Confrontation Between Sigmund Freud and His Final Visitor, Christian Philosopher C.S. Lewis
Arizona Theatre Company is pleased to bring Mark St. Germain’s
provocative smash Off-Broadway hit to Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (December 28, 2012) – Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) provides Arizona audiences an electrifying evening of high-stakes intellectual sparring in Mark St. Germain’s “Freud’s Last Session.” Having played to record-breaking off-Broadway crowds, St. Germain’s brilliance continues with Arizona performances of “Freud’s Last Session” at the Temple of Music and Art, running from January 19, 2013 – February 9, 2013. It continues its run in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from February 14, 2013 – March 3, 2013.
Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, two of the 20th Century’s greatest intellects, come together in 1939 as England goes to war against the Nazis for an evening of thoughtful discourse about God, love, sex, myth, and the meaning of life and death. Freud, the renowned atheist and stricken with cancer, is intrigued by the rising star of Oxford, so much so that he invites the younger Lewis to his home for what is in several ways an eleventh-hour summit. Freud would be dead within weeks, and Lewis – later the author of “The Narnia Chronicles,” would soon rise to popular acclaim for his wartime broadcasts on the Christian faith.
This long-running off-Broadway hit was written by Mark St. Germain and was suggested by “The Question of God” by Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. Arizona performances will be directed by Stephen Wrentmore, ATC Associate Artistic Director. “Freud’s Last Session” is sponsored by Emerson and Peggy Knowles. ATC’s season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser.
Mark St. Germain (Playwright) wrote the plays “Dr. Ruth,” “All the Way,” “The Best of Enemies,” “Camping with Henry and Tom,” “Ears on a Beatle,” “The God Committee,” “Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap,” and “Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah.” He also co-wrote “The Gifts of the Magi,” “Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller,” “Jack’s Holiday” and “The Fabulous Lipitones,” which will premiere at Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta next summer. His television credits include “Lifestories,” and Writer/Creative Consultant for “The Cosby Show.” He co-wrote Carroll Ballard’s film “Duma,” and produced and directed the documentary, “My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story.” Mr. St. Germain also wrote the award-winning children’s book “Three Cups.” He is an associate artist of Barrington Stage Company, recipient of the William Inge Festival New Voices Award, and a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writer’s Guild of America East.
Stephen Wrentmore (Director) first came to Arizona Theatre Company as an Associate Director with The National Theatre’s production of “Hamlet” and later returned to direct “Copenhagen” and “Macbeth.” Currently celebrating his second season as Associate Artistic Director at ATC, he has also directed “The Great Gatsby” and numerous performances for ATC’s Café Bohemia; later this season he will direct “Freud’s Last Session” and Café Bohemia’s “War of the Worlds.” Highlights of Mr. Wrentmore’s directing career include, in the United Kingdom, Howard Barker’s “Wounds to the Face and Picasso’s Women” by Brian McAvera, “Bedevilled” by Richard Hurford and “Loveplay” by Moira Buffini. He was Artistic Director of the Byre Theatre in Scotlandfrom 2004 to 2007; productions include “Not About Heroes,” “The 39 Steps,” “The Twits,” “Translations,” “Private Lives” and “Vincent in Brixton.” In Russia, he directed “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” “Far Away” by Caryl Churchill at the Meyerhold Theatre in Moscow, and “Theatre5” in Omsk. In Pristina, Kosovo, he directed “The Vagina Monologues” and “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the National Theatre, and at the National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, he directed “The Country” by Martin Crimp. Other projects include directing, teaching, studio readings and masterclasses in Norway, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Denmark, USA, Ireland, and Cyprus. In 2008, Mr. Wrentmore worked with Tate Galleries in London and spent 2009 as a visiting academic at Hertford College, Oxford.
A complete listing of the Cast and Crew soon to be announced.
Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances. AudioDescription provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system. An Audio-Described performance is offered on February 7 at 2:00 p.m. Interested patrons with vision loss may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. American Sign Language Interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically-trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment. An ASL-interpreted performance is offered on February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Open-captioning allows patrons to read the play's dialogue on an LED screen as the play progresses. An open-captioned performance is offered on February 7 at 2:00 p.m. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets. Large print and Braille playbills and infrared listening amplification devices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723 or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).
Tickets for “Freud’s Last Session” start at $32, are subject to change depending on time, date and section, and are available at www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability). Pay What You Can is January 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this performance are available for a suggested $10 donation. (Tickets must be purchased at the Temple of Music and Art starting one hour prior to curtain on January 22. Seating is first-come first served and is not guaranteed. Cash only, please. Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call (520) 622-2823.
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Touching lives through the power of theatre, Arizona Theatre Company (ATC), is the preeminent professional theatre in the state of Arizona. Boasting the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, ATC is the only resident company in the US that reaps the benefits of a two-city operation. Now in its 46th season, more than 130,000 people ayear attend performances at the historic Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, and the intimate and elegant Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Eachseason of shows reflect the rich variety of world drama—from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works—along with a wide array of outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives and new play programs. Mark Cole brings national arts management expertise to ATC as Managing Director, and twenty-year veteran, David Ira Goldstein, continues to excel as ATC’s Artistic Director.
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