In the early 1900s, psychoanalysis was an exciting new science championed by Sigmund Freud and few other people. Carl Jung was one of those people, a psychiatrist who had utilized "the talking cure" with a young woman, Sabina Spielrein, with some success, and became a disciple of Freud. After treatment by Jung, Sabina went on to become a doctor and an analyst in her own right — apparently psychoanalysis was contagious. Spielrein was more than just a patient and practitioner, however; documents discovered long after her death suggest that Jung and she were lovers. These documents, including correspondence between Spielrein and Jung as well as between Spielrein and Freud, show that the young woman had a significant influence on both men's thinking. But did she also have something to do with the great rift that developed between the two men? After all, analysis and self-awareness of subconscious drives are one thing, and resisting them is something else entirely. Willy Holtzman examines the life of this almost-forgotten woman and the course of love, friendship and 50-minute hours in his new drama, Sabina. The New Jewish Theatre stages Sabina at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (January 28 through February 15) at Clayton High School (2 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton; 314-442-3283 or www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $22 to $30.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: Jan. 29. Continues through Feb. 15, 2009