Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Bobby White! Freud in Narnia

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The Cultural Council's longtime executive director, Robert Arleigh White has been a talented member of the theatre community for almost 7 decades in Jacksonville alone. He returns to the stage in a powerful bit of character development as noted cocaine enthusiast Sigmund Freud.

On September 3, 1943, a young, promising, and outspokenly devout Oxford professor, C.S. Lewis, arrives at the office of the well-established and famously nihilist psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. In what would be Freud’s very last session before his death two weeks later, both men defend their work and challenge each others’ worldviews with gusto, cunning, and humor. Together, against the backdrop of the London Blitz, they each wrestle with mankind’s greatest questions, confront their own greatest fears, and hope to make a believer of the other.

Mark St. Germain’s new play, inspired by Armand Nicholi’s book and PBS video series The Question of God, imagines two of the 21st century’s towering intellects confined to a small London office, pitting their opposing beliefs against each other in a fight to be understood, relevant, and real. The 5 & Dime, a theatre company, presents the hour-long one act, directed by Kelby Siddons and starring Robert Arleigh White as Sigmund Freud and Seth Langner as C.S. Lewis, as a fund-raiser at the Church of the Good Shepherd for two nights only, September 27th and 28th, 7:00pm Pre Show Cocktail Hour, 8:00pm Showtime and Post show Champagne reception. Tickets are $50 each.

In the role of Sigmund Freud, Robert Arleigh White returns to the stage after thirteen years of helming the Cultural Council and developing solo performances. Jacksonville theatre regular Seth Langner, a regular on the Jacksonville stage most recently seen in Theatre Jacksonville’s As You Like It and Players by the Sea’s Sordid Lives, brings the role of C.S. Lewis to life. More recently seen acting in Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire and the JSO / Players by the Sea’s Amadeus, director and designer Kelby Siddons coordinates the project with stage manager Abigail Saenz, a 5 & Dime artistic associate who stage managed last summer’s Next Fall for the company.

This Limited Engagement Special Event will be presented for two nights only, September 27 and 28,  at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Craig Lounge and Courtyard. Cocktail Hour begins at 7 with curtain at 8 and reception following. Tickets for this limited engagement are $50 must be purchased in advance at For more information visit