Hysteria (Modern Plays)
Format: Print Length
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama; 1 edition (October 24, 2013)
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Size: 9.4 MB
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1938. Hampstead, London. Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. At eighty-two-years-old, he aims to spend his final days in peace. However, when Salvador Dalí turns up to discover a less-than-fully dressed woman in the closet, peace becomes somewhat elusive . . .
An acknowledged modern classic, Terry Johnsons hilarious farce explores the fall-out when two of the twentieth centurys most brilliant and original minds collide. It touches on many themes including Nazi Germany, the Surrealist movement, Judaism, Freuds theories of the unconscious mind, family relationships, life and death, and love and loss.
Johnsons celebrated play raises intriguing questions about Freuds radical revision of his theories of hysteria.