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Freud and C.S. Lewis wrangle in ATC drama

Benjamin Evett and J. Michael Flynn as C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud in “Freud’s Last Session” at Arizona Theatre Company

Arizona Theatre Company will stage “Freud’s Last Session” by Mark St. Germain, which played to record breaking off-Broadway crowds, Jan. 19 through Feb. 9 at the Temple of Music and Art.

Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, two of the 20th century’s greatest intellects, come together in 1939 as England goes to war against the Nazis for an evening of discourse about God, love, sex, myth and the meaning of life and death. Freud,

the renowned atheist, strick­en with cancer, has invited the rising star of Oxford to his home for what is in many ways an 11th-hour summit. Freud would be dead within weeks, and Lewis, who would go on to write “The Narnia Chronicles,” would soon rise to popular acclaim for his wartime broadcasts on the Christian faith.

St. Germain’s playwriting credits include “Dr. Ruth,” “All the Way,” “The Best of Enemies,” “The God Committee,” “Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap,” and “Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah.” He is an associate artist of Barrington Stage Company, recipient of the William Inge Festival New Voices Award, and a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writer’s Guild of America East.

Tickets are available at or 622-2823.