The original cast of Off-Broadway's FREUD'S LAST SESSION is returning to the New York production today, May 2nd at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street).
Original cast members Mark H. Dold and Martin Rayner, as C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud respectively, ended their run in the Chicago production of Mark St. Germain's hit play on April 29th. The Chicago limited engagement has been extended through July 15th at The Mercury Theatre starring Mike Nussbaum and Coburn Gross. FREUD'S LAST SESSION is the winner of the 2011 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play and additional productions are set to open into 2013 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 – 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.
There have been an unusually large number of celebrity sightings at FREUD'S LAST SESSION, including such luminaries as Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Neil Simon, Barbara Walters, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Gere, Olympia Dukakis, Peter Bogdanovich, Jerry Stiller, Roger Goodell, John Cleese, Patricia Heaton, Cornel West, Christiane Amanpour, Marcia Gay Harden, John Kander, Andy Rooney, Dick Cavett, Frank Oz, Dr. Ruth (6 times!), Peter Shaffer, Celeste Holm, The Amazing Kreskin, Victoria Jackson, TR Knight, Dan Lauria, Scott Adsit, Louis Zorich, Tina Louise, and Warner Wolf.
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.