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Dr. Charles Konia (Playwright) is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and by the American Board of Medical Orgonomy. He practices medical orgone therapy in Easton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Konia graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, received his M.D. Degree from George Washington University Medical School, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Kings County and Brooklyn State Hospital. He is a life member of the American Psychiatric Association, Vice President and Fellow of the American College of Orgonomy, Chairman of the training and publication committees of the American College of Orgonomy and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orgonomy. Dr. Konia is the author of The Emotional Plague and Neither Left Nor Right as well as numerous articles in the Journal of Orgonomy and other medical journals. Dr. Konia has always wondered how Freud and Reich interacted when they were together, first as teacher and student, and then as colleagues. He notes, “I wish I could have been there to have heard it.” Then he thought about what they might have discussed were they alive today. This script is his idea of how these two giants in the scientific community would discuss both their pasts and current issues over a period of three days.
Mark Lobene (Introduction) has recently appeared in Heaven Help Me at the Producers Club in NYC. His first appearance there was in Men are Dogs by Joe Simonellli. Prior productions include State of the Union, Golden Boy, and the Philadelphia Story at the IMPACT Theater. This spring, he recorded voiceover work for the History Channel. Recent film work includes Mother of the Week (in post-production). Mark completed the Actors Center Conservatory Program. He sends all his thanks to his friends and family for their support, especially his wife Judith.
Terrence Montgomery (Wilhelm Reich) is an actor, theatre director, acting coach, and teacher of acting in NYC and Boston. Acting credits include: NY Stage: Chebutykin in Three Sisters; Kurt Diebner, Farm Hall; Ernest Hemingway in Ayn Rand in Wonderland; Mark Twain in Mark Twain and the General; Sir Toby in Twelfth Night; Duke of York in Richard II; Kind Edward in Richard III; Ghost in Hamlet; Professor Sheridan in The Fourth State of Matter. Other productions: Newlywed Hostage Party; Article 46; The Tasting; Change; Tea and Sympathy; In Loving Memory; Southbridge; Dream House. On Film: Scott’s Father in 419 Film; CEO in Kultur by Matthew Day Jackson; Dr. Marco Waterless; Molly: Brendan. Television: Featured presenter AMNH commercial, Animal Planet: Mermaids; Fatal Encounters; Celebrity Ghost Stories. Terrence was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Farm Hall at the MITF this summer.
Gregory L. Wilson (Sigmund Freud) holds an MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College and a BFA in Acting from North Carolina School of the Arts. As a performer, his professional experience includes classical dance, television, the commercial stage and experimental theater. As a director, his productions in the United States include Soon-Tech Oh’s War and Peace of Common Folks at the Asian-American Theatre, Stephen Varble’s Silent Prayer at Café La Mama ETC; as well as Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and Edward Albee’s Box, Mao, Box, in Pittsburgh. Gregory spent six years in Europe serving as Artistic Advisor and Artistic Director in Switzerland, The Netherlands and Germany. He also spent a year in Korea as the Visiting Professor of Graduate Directing and Acting at the Korean National University of Arts. Recently, he taught Theatre History and Acting at SUNY New Paltz.
Dr. Virginia Whitener (Director/Producer) is a psychologist in private practice in Ashland, Oregon. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in sociology and anthropology, received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas, and completed her training at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Whitener has been an assistant professor at Southern Oregon State College and a consultant for social services agencies. She is on the Board of Regents and a Clinical Associate of the ACO. She is also a member of the College's social orgonomy committee and has authored articles on a wide range of topics in the Journal of Orgonomy. Her interest in this project began when she learned that Dr. Konia had written an imaginary present-day encounter between these two giants in the field of emotional health.