Square One Theatre Company is putting on a reading of 'Freud's Last Session' next Friday September 21st at 7 p.m. at the Program Room of the .
Here's a description of the play: 'Atheist sex shrink Sigmund Freud meets Catholic author C.S. Lewis in Mark St. Germain’s provocative and witty off-Broadway hit.'
We spoke via email with Tom Holehan, who is directing the live, staged reading, which stars Alexander Kulcsar and Gabe Morrow about putting on such a reading and what else to expect from Square One Theatre Company this year.
How did you first encounter 'Freud's Last Session'?
I keep track of the off-Broadway scene and I read a review of the play while it was running in NYC. It sounded very interesting so I ordered the script and then actually saw the play. I became a fan immediately.
What are the key elements to a great play reading?
Key in anything having to do with theatre is getting the right cast. You cast the right actors and 90% of your work is done. Readings require actors who can think quickly on their feet and read without burying their heads in the script. Keeping eye contact with their fellow actors is very important and a challenge. I also think the type of play chosen is crucial. Selecting a script that requires lots of action, props or movement does not lend itself as easily to a reading as more cerebral, thoughtful plays.
How did you get together the funding to conduct this play reading on a Friday night, when the library is usually closed?
Square One Theatre is lucky to get a grant from Milford Bank which goes directly towards this annual theatre event in Milford. We also have the cooperation of the Stratford Library which produces the Readers Theatre Showcase series and sends readings out to sister libraries across Connecticut.
What exciting things can people look forward to from the Square One Theatre Company in 2012?
We have three great plays on the menu when we open our 23rd season in November. First is a contemporary mystery, "Deadly Murder" followed by a contemporary comedy "Distracted" and concluding with the recent off-Broadway hit, "4000 Miles". All plays are making their area premieres in Connecticut this season.