The Broad Stage Presents Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh in the Los Angeles Premiere of FREUD’S LAST SESSION
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —
DIRECTED BY TYLER MARCHANT
Opening Night, Wednesday, January 16(th), 2013
6:30 PM Pre-Performance Reception
7:30 PM Performance
With After-Party Immediately Following the Performance
Limited Engagement of New York’s Smash Hit Comes to The Broad Stage
January 16 – February 10, 2013
Previews January 11 – January 15, 2013
An engaging series of Talkbacks with Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh
In conversation with special guests scheduled throughout the run
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center presents FREUD’S LAST SESSION starring Judd Hirsch as Sigmund Freud and Tom Cavanagh as C. S. Lewis. New York’s long running hit play by Mark St. Germain, FREUD’S LAST SESSION is directed by Tyler Marchant, who helmed the original New York production. Presented by The Broad Stage and CRC Productions, FREUD’S LAST SESSION opens Wednesday, January 16(th) and runs for a limited engagement through February 10(th) only at The Broad Stage. Previews begin January 11(th) and run through January 15(th.)
The Off-Broadway premiere engagement of FREUD’S LAST SESSION opened on July 22, 2010 to rave reviews and became a sellout sensation throughout its phenomenal two-year run. The show just finished playing to sold-out houses in Chicago and Dallas, and has had sold out productions in Buenos Aires and Stockholm. Additional productions have already opened, or are set to open, this season in London, Mexico City, Sydney, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Copenhagen, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Cleveland, Tucson, and Honolulu. FREUD’S LAST SESSION is produced by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.
“Sharp, lively discourse. … The humor is plentiful!”
- The New York Times
“Delightful! A brainy fencing match of Olympic caliber!” ?
- John Simon, Bloomberg News
“A juicy intellectual debate!”
- The New York Post
“Lively, provocative and witty!”
- Associated Press
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 address the greatest questions of all time. Mark St. Germain’s celebrated play was suggested by the bestselling book The Question of God by Harvard College and Medical School’s Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.
Scenic design for FREUD’S LAST SESSION is by Brian Prather, with costume design by Mark Mariani, lighting design by Clifton Taylor, and sound design by Beth Lake.
Judd Hirsch is a two-time Tony Award winner for I’m Not Rappaport and Conversations With My Father. His other Broadway credits include Barefoot in the Park, Chapter Two, Art, Talley’s Folly, and Knock Knock. Off-Broadway he starred in The Hot l Baltimore, Below the Belt and The Seagull. Mr. Hirsch earned two Emmys for his role as Alex Reiger in the long-running and iconic hit television series Taxi. He also starred in films A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People, Independence Day, and on television in Damages, Numb3rs, George & Leo and Dear John.
Tom Cavanagh is best known as the star of the hit NBC series Ed. On Broadway, he starred in Urinetown and Shenandoah. In film he also starred in Bang Bang You’re Dead, Two Weeks, The Cake Eaters, and Gray Matters and in television on Scrubs, Jack & Bobby, Royal Pains, Trust Me, Eli Stone and The Outer Limits.
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.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION hosted an unusually large number of celebrity attendees throughout its New York run, including such luminaries as Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, Celeste Holm, 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, Dan Lauria, Cornel West, Dr. Ruth (10 times!), Frances Sternhagen, The Amazing Kreskin, Tina Louise, and Louis Zorich.
Saturday, January 12(th), 2013
Following 8 pm performance
Featuring Eric Metaxas, best-selling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, playwright Mark St. Germain, with actors Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh.
Sunday, January 13(th), 2013
Following 5 pm performance
Featuring Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography (1995) and MacArthur Fellow, with actors Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh.
Thursday, January 17(th), 2013
Following 7:30 pm performance
Featuring Dr. Morris Eagle, Professor Emeritus, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, with actors Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh.
Sunday, February 3(rd), 2013
Following 5 pm performance
Actors Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh. Moderated by Father Gregory Boyle of Los Angeles-based Homeboy Industries.
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Under the leadership of Director Dale Franzen and Artistic Chair Dustin Hoffman, The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center opened its doors in Santa Monica in October 2008. Inspired by Italian “horseshoe” theaters, yet conceived in an absolutely contemporary vernacular, The Broad Stage is an artist’s dream and an audience’s delight. Unlike any performance space in the country, it is sublimely intimate with 499-seats and strikingly grand at the same time–allowing eye contact with artists from the boxes to the back row–forging a new kind of artist and audience experience in Los Angeles. Theater, dance, film, jazz, operas, musicals, symphony, chamber orchestras and world music are presented on one of the city’s largest proscenium stages. Designed without compromise to embrace the artistic process from inspiration to opening night, and conceived as a global theater and community hub. In addition to The Broad Stage, The Edye Second Space, a smaller black box theater, presents new, developing and innovative work in theater, music and dance as part of the Under the Radar Series. Featuring younger, innovative artists and chamber pieces and plays, programming at The Edye is intentionally spontaneous, reflecting the dynamic nature of the space and allowing the latest, most exciting artists to be booked on short notice. The Broad Stage ARTS INSIGHTS education and outreach program offers opportunities for cultural exposure through six initiatives. These include Student Matinees, In-School Workshops, Master Classes, Open Rehearsals, Family and Community Events, and Conversation Pieces. ARTS INSIGHTS currently reaches 12,000 students and diverse community members annually through over 30 free and low-cost events.
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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
FREUD’S LAST SESSION
Friday, January 11(th) through Sunday, February 10(th), 2013
The running time is 84 minutes with no intermission.
The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11(th) Street inside the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. Parking is FREE.
Performance Dates and Times:
Friday 1-11-2013 7:30 PM Preview Performance Saturday 1-12-2013 4 PM and 8 PM Preview Performances Sunday 1-13-2013 1 PM and 5 PM Preview Performances Tuesday 1-15-2013 7:30 PM Preview Performance Wednesday 1-16-2013 7:30 PM Opening Night Thursday 1-17-2013 7:30 PM Friday 1-18-2013 7:30 PM Saturday 1-19-2013 4 PM and 8 PM Sunday 1-20-2013 1 PM and 5 PM Tuesday 1-22-2013 7:30 PM Wednesday 1-23-2013 7:30 PM Thursday 1-24-2013 7:30 PM Saturday 1-26-2013 4 PM and 8 PM Sunday 1-27-2013 1 PM and 5 PM Tuesday 1-29-2013 7:30 PM Wednesday 1-30-2013 7:30 PM Thursday 1-31-2013 7:30 PM Friday 2-01-2013 7:30 PM Saturday 2-02-2013 4 PM and 8 PM Sunday 2-03-2013 1 PM and 5 PM Tuesday 2-05-2013 7:30 PM Wednesday 2-06-2013 7:30 PM Thursday 2-07-2013 7:30 PM Friday 2-08-2013 7:30 PM Saturday 2-09-2013 4 PM and 8 PM Sunday 2-10-2013 1 PM and 5 PM
For more information, visit www.FreudsLastSession.com.
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