Take a seat in the court of ancient Athens as Socrates goes on trial for his life.
Hear the godfather of philosophy face his accusers with his trademark wit, cutting logic, and the courage of his ideals.
Consider his arguments on virtue, justice, politics, civic duty, love of life and hope in death, and make your own judgment.
Engage in the post-performance "Socratic" discussion and opportunity to discuss your verdict with the actor.
Think. Question. Change.
Socrates Now brings to life one of history's most famous trials, as reported by the great man's faithful student Plato, in the timeless classic The Apology of Socrates.
Socrates does not apologise to his accusers, he defends himself with humour and wisdom-against false charges of not believing in the gods of the state and corrupting the Athenian youth, and against a guilty verdict and sentence to death.
Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides channels the eccentric and magnetic personality of Socrates and offers a profoundly social, political, but above all human work which captivates the audience with its immediacy and simplicity.
The wisdom of the Ancient Greek philosopher is, in an ever-changing world, and in the search for a life of meaning, more relevant now than ever before.
A consummate actor,
A superb Socrates,
When Vicky saw Socrates Now in Athens,
she made it her mission to get it to New Zealand ... and with a bit of help, she succeeded!
Scheduled Performances (in English)
Born in Constantinople and raised in Athens, Yannis is a Yale Drama School trained actor/writer and Emmy winning producer.
In 2009 Yannis Simonides was honoured by the city of Athens as Ambassador of Hellenism for his lifelong service to Greek culture worldwide.
In 2012 he was invited to speak at TEDx ACADEMY and in 2013 performed for the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
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