Photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp

"The Dowling Studio Theater is the perfect house for this play.  Set designer Michael Locher and lighting designer Frank Butler turned it into a house of illusion for pre-set: Were there people on the other side, or am I looking at a mirror? The curtain of vapors dissipated to reveal the other half of the audience—looking at us, too."

-Janet Preus


by Mark St. Germain
The Guthrie Theater

Joe Dowling, Artistic Director

February 25 - March 16, 2014

Directed by Rob Melrose
Set Design by Michael Locher
Costume Design by Amy Schmidt
Lighting Design by Frank Butler
Sound Design by Reid Rejsa
Dramaturgy by Jo Holcomb
Voice and Dialect Coaching by Lucinda Holshue
Production Stage Management by Michelle Holshue
Assistant Directed by Christine Weber

Sigmund FreudRobert Dorfman
C.S. LewisPeter Christian Hansen
Radio VoiceTom Hegg


Director • Translator • Playwright     

Rob Melrose

"Sometimes the best theater is two people sitting in a room talking. Freud's Last Session is perhaps the best example of this idea that I've ever seen."

-Cherry and Spoon

"Director Rob Melrose and designer Michael Locher have turned the Dowling Studio into an intimate arena, the stage running down the center of the room and the audience sitting on either side, looking at their fellow patrons behind the debating duo. But your eyes aren't likely to stray far from the captivating performances of Robert Dorfman as Freud and Peter Christian Hansen as Lewis. Dorfman's Freud might be more lithe and energetic than the 83-year-old, cancer-stricken psychologist likely was, but he proves a charming, witty livewire, one who balances his warmth with a convincing complement of rage and vitriol. Hansen makes the younger Lewis the more droll and academic of the two, but he expresses his convictions with vivid emotional shadings."  

-Rob Hubbard

The St. Paul Pioneer Press