Psychoanalysis, Theatre, and the Virtual Stage: A Free Talk



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Psychoanalysis, Theatre, and the Virtual Stage
Wednesday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.
Princeton Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street
cash bar; socializing on outdoor terrace before and after

Reservation required. Email Dottie Jeffries
at Jeffries Marketing or call (917) 445-7876.

In a time of generic and immediate gratifications, psychoanalysis and theatre offer something with the potential to be individual, authentic, and profound. In the analytic situation or on the dramatic stage, real persons in real time and space create an illusion that is relatively unbound and temporally fluid.

The illusion so created has the potential to reverberate in the audience, or in the analyst and analysand, on deeper levels and thereby to trace the arc of recognition, revelation, catharsis, and transformation that Aristotle argued justified the poet’s admission to Plato’s Republic.

Of course, as with Oedipus, knowledge can be trouble, and both psychoanalysis and theatre have histories of being viewed with suspicion if not prohibited outright.

Dr. Freeman will discuss the historically shifting emphasis on reality, virtual reality, and illusion in psychoanalysis and popular culture. Ample time will be allowed for discussion following the talk.

Phillip Freeman, M.D., is a practicing psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, author and theatre/film consultant. A training and supervising psychoanalyst at Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI), Dr. Freeman is also a member of the faculty of the Departments of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Freeman is an alumnus of Princeton University.