FREUD'S LAST SESSION, the runaway hit play by Mark St. Germain, celebrated its 750th New York performance yesterday, June 30th at New World Stages (240 West 50th Street). FREUD'S LAST SESSION is the winner of the 2011 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play. In celebration of the official end of the school year, the show's producers recently released an additional block of $20 student tickets for all performances this summer.
The Off-Broadway premiere engagement of FREUD'S LAST SESSION opened on July 22, 2010 to rave reviews and immediately became a sellout sensation. FREUD'S LAST SESSION stars Mark H. Dold as C. S. Lewis and Martin Rayner as Sigmund Freud, under the direction of Tyler Marchant. The show is also currently playing to sellout houses at Chicago's Mercury Theatre as well as at the famed Multiteatro in Buenos Aires. Additional productions are set to open into 2013 in major markets across the nation and around the world.
The runaway hit play, currently heading into its third smash year, has hosted an unusually large number of celebrity attendees, including such luminaries as Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, 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, Celeste Holm, Dr. Ruth (8 times!), Frances Sternhagen, Tina Louise, Louis Zorich, and Warner Wolf.
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 – 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 Harvard's Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.
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.