The Public Theater continues its 2018-2019 season with the world premiere of Socrates, written by Tim Blake Nelson and directed by Doug Hughes.

Performances are staged at the Public's Martinson Hall.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
2hrs 45mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Socrates:

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.

Tim Blake Nelson
Public Theater in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Center NY
Doug Hughes
Tyler Micoleau
Mark Bennett
Scott Pask
Catherine Zuber
Cast list:
Dave Quay (as Diokles / Meletus), Austin Smith (as Alcibiades), Michael Stuhlbarg (as Socrates), Joe Tapper (as Agathon / Meno), 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), and Lee Wilkof (as Megasthenes / The Archon), with ensemble members Ro Boddie and Daniel Reece
Socrates Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
April 2, 2019
Opening date: 
April 16, 2019
June 2, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Public Theater

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Nearest subway station:
Astor Place Station

Latest Socrates News & Features

Michael Stuhlbarg in Socrates
Public Theater announces final extension for Socrates
April 30, 2019

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).

Our Socrates Review

It never fails to amaze and sadden me that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Tim Blake Nelson’s Socrates, enjoying its world premiere anchoring the “Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming” at the Public Theater, is a perfectly timely example. Widely acknowledged as a founder of Western philosophy and the father of ethical or moral philosophy, Socrates’ famous trial and... Read more