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Acacia Theatre Creates a Clash of Two Worldviews in 'Freud's Last Session'

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Simon Provan (left) and David Sapiro play C.S. Lewis and Sigmond Freud for a battle of the minds in "Freud's Last Session."

We’ve probably all wondered what we might talk about if a compelling figure from history dropped by for coffee, and Acacia Theatre's latest production puts two historical figures together for one last conversation.

Freud’s Last Session envisions a meeting between Sigmund Freud, the father of much of contemporary psychology; and the writer C.S. Lewis.  The two were actually contemporaries, but never met in real life.

"We see them as these 'small g' gods of modern culture and yet the thing they connect on is their humanity," actor Simon Provan says. "They talk about their losses and their pain and they start to see each other's humanity through that."

Despite their philosophical views being on opposite sides of the spectrum, the play creates a respectful and thought provoking environment for the fictional meeting to unfold.

"No matter what side of the spectrum you stand on - whether its Freud's atheistic rationalistic approach or Lewis' apologetic Christian position - you are going to be challenged, and it's going to spark conversations for a long time after having seen it," says director Elaine Wyler.

Acacia Theatre’s production of Freud’s Last Session opens Friday and runs most weekends in October at Eastbrook Church in Milwaukee.

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.