Theater reading to imagine Sigmund Freud debate with C.S. Lewis

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 05, 2012, at 5:48 p.m.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The Heartwood Regional Theater Company will present its version of the popular and long-running off-Broadway production of “Freud’s Last Session” Jan. 12, at the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta.

Actors John Adams and Steve Shema will present a reading of the play, which was written by Mark St. Germain and is the longest-running off-Broadway show in history. “Freud’s Last Session” is still running at the New World Stages Theater in New York City and opened internationally late last year.

The approximately 75-minute, two-man script imagines a meeting between the famous psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud at age 83 — shortly before he took his own life — and the late professor and writer C.S. Lewis. Based in Freud’s London study on the day England entered World War II, Freud and Lewis engage in an intellectual but humorous battle of wits on the existence of God, love, war, sex and the meaning of life.

“Freud’s Last Session” is the winner of a “Best Play Award” from the Off Broadway Alliance. The reading, which is suitable for ages 13 and up, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 12 at the Skidompha Public Library’s atrium. It is part of the library’s monthly series “Thursday Nights,” which is sponsored by the Maine Coast Book Store and Cafe. Suggested donations are $5 for students and $8 for adults. The Skidompha Public Library is located at 184 Main St. in Damariscotta.

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