Socrates Now is a 75 minute solo performance which captures the essence of Socratic ethics in an accessible and engaging manner. The play is a dramatization of the famous philosopher’s defense and his rebuttals to the verdict and death sentence. In the Apology, reported to us by Socrates’ pupil, Plato, the philosopher defends himself against politically motivated accusations of not believing in the gods and of corrupting the Athenian youth. Yannis Simonides channels the eccentric yet magnetic personality of Socrates and offers an interpretation which captivates the audience with the humor, immediacy and simplicity of the drama. The Apology of Socrates was produced by the Greek Theatre of New York in 2004 and has since been performed to great acclaim at the United Nations in the Athens Agora, the NBC Today Show, and in over 300 venues around the world. Witness history’s most famous defense as Socrates goes on trial for his life. Discover his humour, wit, cutting logic, and his essential ideas on virtue, justice, civic duty, love of life and country. Engage in the post-performance discussion on a contemporary application of Socratic thought and action.
Actor: Emmy Award Winner Yannis Simonides; Director: Yannis Simonides & Loukas Skipitaris; Costume: Oscar and Tony Award Winner Theoni Vahliotes Aldredge; English Translation: Yannis Simonides & Loukas Skipitaris; Greek Translation: Electra Andreadi; Production: EllinikoTheatro
Performance in English with Modern Greek surtitles.
The performance will be followed by an open discussion.