Socrates Now is a 75 minute solo performance which captures the essence of Socratic ethics in an accessible and engaging manner. The play features a delightful and quite humorous dramatisation of the famous philosopher’s defence and his rebuttals to a guilty verdict and sentence to death. In the Apology, reported to us by Socrates’ pupil, Plato, the wise man of Athens firmly defends himself – rather than apologising in the contemporary sense – against politically motivated accusations of not believing in the gods of the state, and of corrupting the Athenian youth.
Yannis Simonides channels the eccentric yet magnetic personality of Socrates and offers a profoundly social, political, but above all human work which captivates the audience with the humour, immediacy and simplicity of its theatrical rendition.
Last summer 2000 visitors from 38 countries participated in the performance and open discussion, discovering a pertinent, fascinating Socrates, right next to the original site of his trial.
After a successful run of performances, Plato’s timeless classic The Apology of Socrates comes back this summer. Τhe performances will be presented this year as well in English, with Modern Greek surtitles, as Socrates Now, in order to offer a multidimensional cultural experience to foreign audiences visiting Athens. Each performance will be followed by an open discussion on the immediate relevance of Socratic thought and action to the Greek and world crisis.
Witness history’s most famous defence 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 the direct application of Socratic thought and action to the world crisis.
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|Dates: 24/06-30/06/2013, 01/07-09/07/2013, 01/09-07/09/2013 Place: Athens. Venue: University of Athens Museum (open air yard), 5 Tholou St., Plaka. Start. T.: 21:00|