Dora: A Case of Hysteria

In 1900, for a period of three months, Freud undertook the psychoanalysis of a seventeen year old named Dora. Caught in a web of intrigue and sexual abuse, Dora developed a number of hysteric symptoms and was brought for treatment. At the time, Freud himself was going through a period of self-doubt and disillusionment. Dora’s case reveals the repressive social milieu which permeated all aspects of fin-de-siècle Vienna.

With a script based on Freud’s Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, this program includes chamber and vocal works of Alma and Gustav Mahler, Erich Korngold, and Richard Strauss. Narration is based on Freud’s case history and correspondence.

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January 19 & 20, 2005


Written by Eve Wolf
and Owen Lewis
Directed by Donald T. Sanders


The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 East 65th Street, NY, NY