The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud

December 18, 1969, December 20, 1969

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Although only performed for four nights, The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud made a great impact on the New York art world. It was Wilson’s first piece to appear at the BAM, and the first to feature the newly formed Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds. A review appeared in Vogue, with the comment “Robert Wilson, who devised this extraordinary play, is a twenty-six-year-old visionary director-writer who chooses only to work with non-actors and almost no words. For Freud, Wilson uses the stage as a slow, silent moving picture that he settles into strangely memorable, abrupt details in the flowing rhythms of dreams.” Consisting of three acts that meant to suggest the progression of Freud’s life, much of the previous year’s King of Spain had been reworked into Freud. After its brief run at BAM, avant-garde director Richard Foreman, in a nod of approval, wrote that “Wilson has created one of the major stage works of the decade.”
Identifier 1969f.02077