WILSON, Robert. The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud.

(New York, NY): Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds & The Bryd Hoffman Foundation, Inc., [1969].  A small pamphlet playbill for the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds’ presentation of Wilson’s The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud a three act dance play that premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House.  Wilson stated that this work is “not a historical but a poetic presentation of Freud’s life.”  The setting of each of the three acts meant to suggest the progression of his life: a sunny beach (Freud’s childhood) gave way to a grey Victorian sitting room (Freud’s middle years), which in turn gave way to a dark cave (Freud’s final years). M. Sondak, the actor who played Freud, was a jeweller from Coney Island who bumped into Wilson in Grand Central Terminal.  So striking was his resemblance to the father of psychoanalysis that Wilson insisted he star in his new play.  Additionally, Liba Bayrack, the actress who played Freud’s wife, was Wilson’s grandmother.  Wilson would also make use of the various artists who passed through the Byrd Loft in Soho.  Both Jack Smith (Walrus) and Gordon Matta-Clark took part in this production.  A very good copy.

 

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