Johnson’s Award-Winning "Hysteria"
From Nora Theatre
January 6 - 30
Two of the world’s greatest and most eccentric minds,
Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali, collide
in Terry Johnson’s Olivier Award-winning comedy,
"Hysteria, or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional
Produced by The Nora Theatre Company and
directed by the company's Associate Director Daniel Gidron,
"Hysteria" will have its Boston-area premiere January 6 - 30
at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue in
by an actual meeting between Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali, "Hysteria"
is a demonic farce of misunderstandings about passions and self-control.
Dali arrives at Freud's house for tea, his ulterior motive being painting
the patron saint of Surrealism. But if Freud, whose artistic preferences
are more classical, is convinced all Surrealists are fools, why would
he agree to meet with a lunatic? And further, why is there a naked woman
in Freud’s closet?
Terry Johnson was first inspired to write "Hysteria" after reading
Jeffrey Masson's book, The Assault on Truth: Freud's Suppression of
the Seduction Theory. He then visited the Freud Museum
in London, which was the home of Freud and his family after they escaped
Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938.
According to Johnson, "Freud's son meticulously re-created
Freud's Vienna study... and it is a strange and powerful room to walk
into. I walked into the study, and instantly knew where the play would
be set; and what its parameters were."
"Hysteria" premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre
in 1992, winning the 1994 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. In the United
States it has been produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company
in 1999 (directed by John Malkovich), and was recently
staged at the Wilma Theatre with Alvin Epstein
as Sigmund Freud. The New York Times commented that "Hysteria"
“keeps with the adventurous new comic tradition pioneered by Tom
Stoppard with, among other plays, 'Travesties.'”
As a playwright, Terry Johnson’s work has been performed all over
the world. He is the recipient of ten major British Theatre Awards
including Olivier Awards for Best Musical Revival in 2009, Best Comedy
(twice, 1994 and 1999), and Playwright of the Year 1995. Productions he
has directed include: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,"
"Entertaining Mr. Sloane," and "The Graduate"
in London's West End. His 2008 London revival of "La Cage
Aux Folles"starring Kelsey Grammer and
Douglas Hodge, transferred to Broadway in 2010.
The Nora’s Associate Director, Daniel Gidron brings together two
of Boston’s favorite comic actors in the lead roles with Richard
Snee as Sigmund Freud and John Kuntz as Salvador
Dali. Stacey Fischer and Robert Bonotto
complete the cast.
For tickets, call 866-811-4111 or visit www.centralsquaretheater.org.
this production contains nudity.