Professor Jonathan Wallis to Speak at June 1 Panel at Wilma Theater

For Immediate Release
May 21, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) The Wilma Theater will welcome a distinguished group of speakers, including Moore Professor Jonathan Wallis, on Monday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. for The Metamorphoses of Sigmund: Freud and His Afterlives, a panel discussion in conjunction with the East Coast premiere of Hysteria, by Terry Johnson. Directed by Jiri Zizka, the production brings the theater's 30th anniversary season to a close and runs May 13 through June 14, 2009. 

Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali’s historic meeting brought together two of the most influential and dynamic minds of the early 20th century. This symposium will feature several noted panelist who will explore and examine the legacies of Freud and Dali and how their work has lived on in psychology, art and popular culture. 

Panelists include Dr. Salman Akhtar of Jefferson Medical College; Mark Edmundson, author of The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days; Ellen Handler Spitz, author of Image and Insight: Essays in Psychoanalysis and the Arts; and Moore’s Jonathan Wallis, whose most recent essay on Dalí appears in The Dalí Renaissance and was presented in a symposium at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Dalí exhibit.

Jonathan Wallis, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, specializes in recent art that integrates science and religion. He has published articles and chapters in books on Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Mariko Mori, and Jackson Pollock. His writings on Dalí investigate the artist's interests in science and mysticism, especially during the post-surrealist years. His most recent essay "Holy Toledo!: Saint John of the Cross and the Life and Work of Saint Dalí" appears in The Dalí Renaissance (2008).

Symposia tickets are free for all Hysteria ticket-holders and $10 for those without Hysteria tickets. Seating is limited. For tickets, call the Wilma Box Office at (215) 546-7824 or email tickets@wilmatheater.org. The Wilma Theater is located at 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.wilmatheater.org.

Set in London in 1938, Hysteria springs from Freud's fanciful mind as he juggles unexpected visits to his home by the famous surrealist painter Dalí and a mysterious young woman named Jessica who can't seem to keep her clothes on. The tables are turned as Freud soon finds himself the subject of Jessica's own bizarre form of psychoanalysis while Dalí's surreal imagery creeps into his dreams and consciousness. Called "an utterly hilarious and brilliant show" by The Sunday Times of London, Hysteria is full of mistaken identities, dazzling surprises, and sheer Freudian slips.
 
For more information on The Metamorphoses panel, visit http://broadwayworld.com/article/Edmundson_Spitz_More_Set_For_Wilma_Theaters_THE_METAMORPHOSES_Panel_61_20090519


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May 21, 2009
The Wilma Theater welcomes a distinguished group of speakers on Monday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. for The Metamorphoses of Sigmund: Freud and His Afterlives, a panel discussion in conjunction with the East Coast premiere of Hysteria, by Terry Johnson. Directed by Jiri Zizka, the production brings the theater's 30th anniversary season to a close and runs May 13 through June 14, 2009.

Published on May 21st, 2009