Penn Museum, Arden Theatre Company, and Freud’s obsession with antiquities

October 17, 2012

The Arden Theatre Company, in Old City Philadelphia, is setting the stage for a unique new production… with some help from the Penn Museum.

Freud's Last SessionThe Arden’s upcoming show, Freud’s Last Session, is set in the London office of Dr. Sigmund Freud—a famed psychologist with a penchant for collecting antiquities. In order to accurately recreate Freud’s workspace, the Arden’s production team began searching for appropriate items with which to populate the set. That search led the Arden’s staff into contact with the Penn Museum, where our collections not only boast roughly one million objects, but also include numerous replicas of authentic artifacts. The Museum was able to lend some of these replicas to help fill out Freud’s office.

Chris Haig of the Arden Theatre CompanyChris Haig, Props Master, was tasked with overseeing the collection of these items. Mr. Haig (shown at left) came to the Penn Museum and enjoyed a walkthrough of possible items which could be lent for the project. He came away with replicas of a 5th-century BCE Greek Terracotta vase, a 1st- to 2nd-century BCE statuette of Aphrodite from Benghazi, and 15 more replicas of objects from the Penn Museum.

On Wednesday, October 24 at 8:00 pm, the final dress rehearsal of Freud’s Last Session is being held at the Arden Theatre Company, at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia, with all ticket sales going to benefit the Penn Museum. For tickets and more info about Freud’s Last Session, click here.

Arden Theatre Company