Public Theater announces final extension for Socrates

The world premiere of Socrates will now play its final performance at the Public Theater on June 2, 2019.

Alan Mendez, Ro Boddie, Michael Stuhlbarg & Joe Tapper in Socrates

The Public Theater has now announced a final extension for its current world premiere of Socrates, written by Tim Blake Nelson and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, which began previews at the Public's Martinson Hall on April 2, and officially opened on April 16. The limited engagement will now run through to June 2, 2019 (instead of May 19).

Synopsis: "Socrates is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. This powerful new play 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. Socrates is 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."

The cast of Socrates includes Golden Globe, Emmy & Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg in the title role, alongside  David Aaron Baker (as Anytus), Teagle F. Bougere (as Plato), Niall Cunningham (as A Boy / Aristotle), Peter Jay Fernandez (as Thrasymachus / Polus), Karl Green (as Lamprocles / Aenesidemos), Miriam A. Hyman (as Xanthippe), Robert Joy (as Crito / Chaerephon / Meletus), Alan Mendez (as Andromachus / Aetios), Tom Nelis (as Proxenus / Gorgias / Aristophanes), Dave Quay (as Diokles / Meletus), Austin Smith (as Alcibiades), Joe Tapper (as Agathon / Meno), and Tony Award nominee Lee Wilkof (as Megasthenes / The Archon), with ensemble members Ro Boddie and Daniel Reece.

The creative team features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, and original music & sound design by Mark Bennett.

Michael Stuhlbarg earned a Tony Award nomination in 2005 for his performance in The Pillowman, a Golden Globe nomination in 2010 for "A Serious Man," and more recently, an Emmy Award nomination for "The Looming Tower" in 2018. His other Broaday credits include The Invention of LoveCabaretTaking SidesThe Government InspectorTimon of AthensThree Men on a Horse, and Saint Joan. Other recent notable screen credits include "Call Me by Your Name," "The Shape of Water," and "Boardwalk Empire".

Socrates is presented in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Center NY.

Socrates Tickets are available now.

(Photo by Joan Marcus)