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Opera & Musical Theater

Freud’s Last Session at the Alley

Freud’s Last Session at the Alley, imagines a meeting between the dying psychoanalyst and ardent atheist Sigmund Freud, and the young, recently converted to Christian belief, Oxford don C.S. Lewis.  Set in London in 1939 as Britain is poised to go to war with Germany, the play is filled with exciting ideas passionately debated.  The two cast members, James Black and Jay Sullivan, talk with St.John Flynn.


Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd says of Mark St. Germain’s play in his program notes, “that imagined encounter is filled with historical moment and close too to the heart of our contemporary struggle…Together they [Freud and Lewis] take on some big questions – what is the Nature of God, and of man’s suffering?  Are all our relationships with others the incessant playing out of our relationships with parents?  And are there truths greater than ourselves that we must awaken to?…St. Germain’s play is full of exciting ideas – and as these two brilliant adversaries circle each other, we see a way towards courage and hope against darkness and despair.  It’s a bracing tonic of ideas and wit and grace.”

James Black plays Sigmund Freud and Jay Sullivan is C.S. Lewis.  Listen to their thoughts on Freud’s Last Session in discussion with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn.

Here’s a video preview of the production…

Freud’s Last Session runs through February 23rd on the Alley’s Neuhaus Stage.  For further information, visit the Alley online.