Jarrott Productions - Freud's Last Session

85% ($4,275)
September 30th, 2015
Raised $4,275 of $5,000

About The Artist

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David Jarrott, Producer for Jarrott Productions

David Jarrott has been on stage, behind a microphone or in front of the camera since his stage debut in San Antonio at age 10, and has been professionally employed in radio and television performance, theatre, writing and production for more than 50 years.

David has spent most of his adult life in Austin where he is remembered as “Dave Jarrott” from his 40-year career as a radio air personality, which culminated in his induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition to radio, he served as news anchor and producer at KTBC television in the 1970s.

Since that stage debut in San Antonio, he has performed in hundreds of plays throughout Texas.  Most recently he appeared in back-to-back productions (Peter & The Starcatcher and All The Way...

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This fall Jarrott Productions will present Freud's Last Session at the Trinity Street Theatre in downtown Austin.  It will play from September 23rd through October 18th.  I am hoping that you will help me bring this exciting piece of theatre to our community.

I was drawn to Freud’s Last Session first by a 2011 theatre review in the Wall Street Journal.  When I visited New York in January of 2012, I immediately got a ticket to see the production.  I was so impressed with this play that I wanted to be the first to showcase it here.


The play is a great intellectual debate by two brilliant minds, the young Oxford Don C.S. Lewis and the legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, discussing everything from love and sex to the meaning of life and the existence of God.

Although there is no historical record that the two ever actually met, Lewis and Freud certainly knew of one another.  This supposed meeting is set in Freud’s London home on September 3, 1939, the day that Great Britain entered World War II.  With frequent BBC news broadcasts concerning the war as a backdrop for the action of the play, the threat of death is in the air and on both men’s minds.


Freud's Last Session will feature Tyler Jones as C.S. Lewis and David R. Jarrott as Sigmund Freud, and will be directed by Fritz Ketchum.  Our creative team also includes Production Manager Lisa Goering, Stage Manager Zoe Riemer, Scene & Prop Designer Leslie Ann Turner, Lighting Designer Rachel Atkinson, Costume Supervisor Susan Branch Towne, House Manager Denise Hodgson, Media Intern Kenneth Williams, Graphic/Web Design Michael Jarrott, Audio Consultant Craig Brock, PR Consultant Cathy Conley, and Volunteer Coordinator Beth Warren.


Jarrott Productions is committed to presenting the highest quality product on stage, utilizing the best and brightest talents available in the Austin theatre community and paying them a decent amount for their artistry.

The production has a modest budget and generous initial contributions and pledges leave us with most—but not all—of our production costs covered. 

Venue and Royalties        $ 7,000
Creative Team Stipends   $ 6,000
Technical Construction   $ 4,000

Your tax deductible donation of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more would be greatly appreciated.  



Our thanks to those who have already made their donations or pledges to the production of Freud's Last Session:

Gayla & Mark Kiester, Patricia Gervan-Brown & Rob Brown, Annette Carlozzi & Dan Bullock, Denise Hodgson, Donna & Steve Hicks, Catherine Cotman and Rusty Morrison, Linda Ball & Forrest Preece, Betsy & Joe Zullo, Maria & Eric Groten, Kathleen & Harvey Guion, Nancy & Lewis Wade, Stefani & Keith Wier, Mary Tucker & Kirt Kiester, Gretchen & Matt Mitchell, Elise Jarrott, Judy Talley, Shanny Lott, Carole & Tony Harrison, Abe Reybold, Lana Dieterich, Melissa & Nathan Jerkins, Lisa & Robert Rodman, Charlotte Sullivan, Susan & Craig Lubin, Lee & Bill Rogers, Ann & Herb Wade, Glenda Goehrs, Cynthia & Frank Kittredge, Sharon & Don Flournoy, Carole & Charles Sikes, Dick Oppenheimer, Caroline Jones, Alison & Sam Kimberlin, Nan Kinzler, Allison Jarrott, Liana Putrino, Craig Barron, Miles Chick, Jill & John McFarland, Garry Peters, Suzanne & Mark Stewart, Flo Ann Randle, Mary Tucker & Kirt Kiester, Vicki & Russell Davidson, Darlene Lewis, Dave Steakley, Melissa & Jeff Simpler, Madeline Rogers, Jim Wynn, Rick Roemer, Diane & Marco Perella, Nick Brizendine, Michael Miller, James Jarrott, Marry Herr & Rusty Tally, Rebecca Schoolar Jafari, Claire & Carl Stuart, Nancy & Geary Voots, Stephanie & Jim Todd, Vicki McKain, Fritz & David Ketchum, and Chris Alan.

 * As of July 31, 2015

Not comfortable donating online?  We accept donations via check as well.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 25, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Jarrott Productions" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.