Sigmund Freud, C.S. Lewis to come to life in Actors Collaborative productionWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Kizaur, an English teacher, has always enjoyed reading C.S. Lewis.
“I’m a huge fan of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ as well as ‘The Screwtape Letters,’” he said. “Even in wrestling with my own faith, I have gone to Lewis before to seek out some answers.”
Kizaur will play Lewis in the Actors Collaborative Toledo production of “Freud’s Last Session” at Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams StSt.reet, at 8 p.m. Sept. 27.
The play takes place the day England enters World War II and follows a conversation between Lewis and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. The two debate the existence of God and the meaning of life, among other things. The play is set weeks before Freud took his own life in 1939.
The three men involved, also including Jeff Bell as Freud and director Jeffrey Albright, have worked together before.
“It’s a strange family, these theater people, because you get to know each other very well … the teamwork is so intense,” Bell said.
Bell said when actors are comfortable with each other, the show is more enjoyable.
Bell said the role of Freud is perfect for an actor his age, although he auditioned not knowing anything about the script. Since landing the role, he began research.
“I would say it’s a challenge for me in that he’s a more intellectual man than I am,” he said. “I’ve gone out of my way to do some research. I’ve talked to a couple of mental specialists.”
Kizaur did research too and looked up Lewis’ appearance and dialect.
“I do a lot of character work. Daniel Day-Lewis and I would be good friends,” Kizaur said.
Bell said “Freud’s Last Session” is meant to make the audience think.
“I don’t think we’re going to see any young kids there. I think you’re going to see people interested in thinking,” he said. “You’ve got two points of view that are being jousted by these strong believers of their point of view.”
Albright aims to find provocative plays.
“The goal of Actors Collaborative Toledo is to choose plays that are relevant and thought provoking,” Albright said in an email. “I was drawn to this play because I have always been interested in the idea of religion and science coexisting.”
Tickets will be available at the door for $10.
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