‘Freud’s Last Session’ at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach imagines meeting of two great minds
North Coast Repertory Theater’s newest production is “Freud’s Last Session,” a lively, witty Off-Broadway production about a fictional meeting between famed psychotherapist Sigmund Freud and the writer C.S. Lewis.
Near the end of his life, Freud invites a final visitor, the writer C.S. Lewis, who will soon gain wide fame for his book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Not only are their views highly divergent — Freud is a committed atheist; Lewis, once an atheist, is now a committed Anglican — the two are a study in contrasts. Freud is irascible and adamantly opinionated; Lewis is sunny, warm and unflappable.
The two men engage in a far-ranging, lively, witty debate touching on love, religion, politics and the meaning of life. Playwright Mark St. Germain infuses this fictional meeting with gentle humor and sharp dialogue. Winner of the 2011 Best Play Award by the Off Broadway Alliance, this San Diego premiere is a must-see for the discerning theater lover.
Director David Ellenstein directs Michael Santo and Bruce Turk in “Freud’s Last Session.” The design staff includes Marty Burnett (Scenic Design), Matt Novotny (Lighting Design), Alina Bokovikova (Costume Design), Melanie Chen (Sound Design), and Benjamin Cole (Props Design). Cindy Rumley stage manages.
Previews for “Freud’s Last Session” begin Wednesday, Oct. 15. Opening night is 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 and includes a post-show reception. There will be a special talkback on Friday, Oct. 24, with the cast and artistic director.
“Freud” will play at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 9.
North Coast Repertory Theatre is at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Opening night tickets are $54; preview tickets are $37; weeknights are $44;. Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees are $48; Saturday matinees and Sunday evenings, $41. Seniors, students and military get $3 off admission. Call 858-481-1055 or visit www.northcoastrep.org for tickets.