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Freud, Jung and a Beautiful Patient
A Polish version of Christopher Hampton’s drama about the early days of psychoanalysis is coming to Warsaw’s Dramatyczny Theater.

The plot of A Dangerous Method revolves around the founding father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, his heir Carl Jung, and a beautiful female patient.

In the play, Jung and Freud meet thanks to Sabine Spielrein, a 19-year-old woman suffering from hysteria fits. After unsuccessful electroshock therapy, Spielrein is admitted to a Swiss clinic where Jung decides to subject her to an experimental form of therapy invented by Freud. Spielrein and Jung soon grow close and become more than just a doctor and a patient. The relationship gets even more complicated when the young woman meets the famous Freud. This emotional triangle leads to milestone discoveries about human sexuality.

Christopher Hampton, who wrote the play, is a British dramatist, screenwriter and film director. His plays include When Did You Last See My Mother?, Philanthropist, Tales from Hollywood and Total Eclipse, which director Agnieszka Holland adapted for the silver screen in 1995. Hampton also won an Academy Award for the script for Dangerous Liaisons, directed by Stephen Frears.

The Polish production of Hampton’s play is directed by Agnieszka Lipiec-Wróblewska. The play was translated by Rubi Birden and the sets are by Agnieszka Zawadowska.

The play is being staged at the Dramatyczny Theater’s Scena na Woli venue. The cast includes Martyna Kowalik as Spielrein, Rafał Królikowski as Jung and Mariusz Wojciechowski as Freud.

Upcoming performances: Dec. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.
Dramatyczny Theater, Scena na Woli venue
22 Kasprzaka St., Warsaw