ACT OF GOD
MURDER AS A FINE ART
SEASON IN HELL
Six people destined to change the world meet in Vienna in 1910 and their lives
become entangled. Vienna is the crossroads of civilization: art, music, science
and politics but beneath the facade of gaiety the city is rotting at its core,
sickened by moral corruption, obsessed with death and ravaged by anti-Semitism.
Gustav Mahler, the great composer and conductor, falls in love with the
beautiful, tempestuous Alma. Their passion flairs but their relationship falls
apart and Gustav seeks the help of Sigmund Freud to save his marriage. Ludwig
Wittgenstein, destined to become a dominant force in world philosophy, runs into
an old schoolmate, with unpleasant consequences. Wittgenstein explains his
hatred of women to Gustav Mahler and reveals his inner demons to Freud.
Wittgenstein's schoolmate falls in love with Alma, with disastrous results.
Freud psychoanalyzes Mahler and uncovers deep psychic trauma. Joseph Stalin,
passing through Vienna with dreams of world revolution, tries to recruit Alma
into becoming a Bolshevik and he meets a man over a game of chess -- a man with
whom one day he will engage in a titanic struggle to the death. In the end,
Sigmund Freud faces what he has always denied: the evil nature of man. And, in a
gesture of compassion, Freud sets the stage for world destruction.
Final Analysis a one-act play with a running time of 90 minutes with
seven characters - six men and one woman - with a single set
Final Analysis was produced at the Midtown International Theatre Festival
in New York in July-August, 2012. Final Analysis was nominated for
thirteen awards and won awards for Outstanding New Script, Outstanding Production
of a Play, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding
Supporting Actor, and Outstanding Costume Design.
Final Analysis was produced at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the
Pershing Square Signature Center August 8 through October 5, 2013 featuring Ezra Barnes (Gustav Mahler),
Stephen Bradbury (Waiter), Ryan Garbayo (Young Man), Elizabeth Jasicki (Alma Mahler),
Gannon McHale (Sigmund Freud), Tony Naumovski (Josef Stalin), and Michael Satow (Ludwig Wittgenstein),
directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser.