A new drama that charts the growing prominence of classical Greek philosopher Socrates in democratic Athens to the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history.
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From the producers: "Socrates" is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. This powerful new play by actor, director, and writer Tim Blake Nelson is an intellectual thrill ride from the philosopher's growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes directs "Socrates," a timely and timeless new work that serves as a passionate tribute to the man who continues to inspire us to question authority and defend freedom of belief.
Author Tim Blake Nelson is best know for his acting work in the films "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Holes," "Syriana," "Lincoln" and "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs." As a playwright, Nelson's produced plays include the award-winning "The Grey Zone," "Eye of God," "Anadarko,"and "Cyrus." He also wrote and directed the film adaptation of "Eye of God," which received the top award at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival, as well as the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival.
Starring in the title role is Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg ("The Pillowman"), who is joined by Dave Quay, Austin Smith, Joe Tapper, David Aaron Baker, Ro Boddie, Teagle F. Bougere, Niall Cunningham, Peter Jay Fernandez, Karl Green, Miriam A. Hyman, Robert Joy, Alan Mendez, Tom Nelis, Daniel Reece, and Lee Wilkof. Tony winner Doug Hughes ("Doubt," "Junk") directs.What is the Public Theater?
Founded in 1954 by the legendary showman Joseph Papp
, the Public Theater is one of NYC'c preeminent non-profit theaters. Dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals, the theater has spawned many Broadway shows (including "A Chorus Line and current Broadway mega-hit "Hamilton") and has 54 Tony Awards to its credit. More here.