The Public Theater celebrated the opening of Tim Blake Nelson's Socrates April 16. Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, the new play charts 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.
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The world premiere of Socrates is a key part of The Public's Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy is Coming, a 19-day festival of arts and ideas that celebrates, evaluates, and considers anew the concept of democracy.
Flip through photos from opening night below:
Starring in the title role is Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (The Pillowman), who is joined by David Aaron Baker, Ro Boddie, Teagle F. Bougere, Niall Cunningham, Peter Jay Fernandez, Karl Green, Miriam A. Hyman, Robert Joy, Alan Mendez, Tom Nelis, Dave Quay, Daniel Reece, Austin Smith, Joe Tapper, and Lee Wilkof.
Socrates began previews April 2 and continues through May 19 in The Public's Martinson Hall. The Onassis Festival runs April 10–28 at The Public Theater and venues across the city.