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FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a Hot Off the Stages Play Reading coming January 29th

play5343The New Ensemble Theater Group reads

A Hot Off the Stages Play Reading of this hot New York play
for local theater lovers.

Can a Christian and an atheist have a frank discussion about the existence of God and still respect each other in the end? FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a Hot of the Stages Play Reading by The New Ensemble Theater Group, explores that question with an informal reading on Tuesday, January 29th at the Revue Café in Fresno’s Tower District.

Based on the best-selling book “The Question of God,” the hit Off Broadway play by Mark St. Germain sets up an imaginary sparring match between two expansive 20th-century intellects. Dr. Sigmund Freud, an atheist, who invites a then little-known professor, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London for a very specific agenda. Freud wants desperately to understand how Lewis, who used to share his atheism, has become a recent convert to Christianity. On the day that England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash over the issues of reason and faith, life and death. This astute story takes a strong, even-handed, and surprisingly civil look at one of life’s most thought-provoking discussions.

Read by New Ensemble members Jaguar Bennett and James Sherrill, this informal play reading is an intellectual thriller with humor and insight regarding belief in a complex world.

The New Ensemble’s Hot Off the Sages Play Readings offer local theater-goers the chance to hear an exciting play that’s entirely new to Fresno. A great way to exercise the imagination, become familiar with contemporary playwrights, and to keep up with what’s hot in the theater world, the Readings give theater-lovers the inside-track on some of the best up- and-coming plays of our time.

The New Ensemble Theater Company began the Hot Off the Stages Play Readings two years ago with the 2010 Tony Award winning play RED by John Logan. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), SHIPWRECKED, and VENUS IN FUR are just a few of the exciting new plays read for Fresno audiences. In 2013, {tne} hopes to bring a total of four more readings to local cafes around for local theater-goers to enjoy.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a Hot of the Stages Play Reading will be read by The New Ensemble Theater Group on Tuesday evening, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the Revue Café, 620 East Olive Avenue at Broadway in Fresno’s Tower District. Admission is FREE with the purchase of a snack or beverage from the Café. The reading time is approximately 90 minutes. For more information on The New Ensemble, click to

FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a {tne} Hot Off the Stages Play Reading. 
Tuesday, January 29th from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Revue Cafe, 620 Olive in Fresno’s Tower District.
Admission is Free. Please support Revue Cafe, who is donating the space for free, with your purchase of a beverage or snack!


Hot Off the Stages! Play Reading Series

This April, The New Ensemble will host the Hot Off the Stages! Play Reading Series at the Revue Cafe on three consecutive Tuesday evenings.

Ensemble members and other local actors will read 2010 Tony Award Wining “Red” by John Logan, 2008 Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning “August: Osage County” and the wildly popular Off-Broadway comedy “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl.  These plays are tearing up the boards with accolades and awards across the nation and have critics and audiences praising them at every turn.

The New Ensemble play readings give Fresno theater-lovers a chance to hear a new play spoken aloud, as intended, perhaps before they’ve had a chance to see it locally or regionally.  For those who want to be in-the-know or in-the-now for theatre, these play readings are a terrific opportunity to be stirred up by some of America’s finest contemporary playwrights.

The schedule of plays:

Tuesday, April 5.  RED by John Logan.
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

Tuesday, April 12:  AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

Tuesday, April 19:  DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE by Sarah Ruhl
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by d Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of Eurydice. A work about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—it is the odyssey of a woman forced to face her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

All readings begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge.  Come early to have a coffee and pastry at Revue Cafe (Olive Avenue at Broadway) and mingle with the casts.