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Socrates on Trial

Adapted by Andrew Irvine
Directed by Joan Bryans

SOCRATES ON TRIALis an abridged adaptation of several classic Greek works: Aristophanes’ slapstick comedy,Clouds, which was first performed in 423 BCE; Plato’s dramatic monologue,Apology, which reports the speech Socrates gave to the jury after he was charged with corrupting the young and failing to honour the city’s gods; and Plato’sCritoandPhaedo, two dialogues leading up to Socrates’ execution in 399 BC.

In Act 1, which is part biting satire, part vulgar gossip and part bawdy vaudeville show, Aristophanes ridicules the influence teachers like Socrates have on the young.

In Act 2 and Act 3, Socrates will do his best to explain why he thinks he hasn’t been a corrupter of the young, and how he think Aristophanes has distorted the truth for the sake of a few cheap laughs.

During an Athenian trial, juries weren’t quiet. If people thought someone was stretching the truth, they wouldn’t hesitate to yell out.

CAST - ACT I

Prologue ......Steve Baumber
Townsfolk ......Luke Day, Fez Skala, Arash ‘Freedom’ Virani,
Kuei-ming Lin, Metta McLeod, John Harris,
Erin Davies, Daryl Hutchings
Chorus ......Sara Dickhout, Amanda Konkin, Shaun Omaid, Vanessa Parent, Anthony Walmsley
Strepsiades ......James Gill
Doorkeepers ......Meg Brock, Steve Baumber
Socrates ......Dave Campbell
Students ......Erin Davies, Kuei-ming Lin, Metta McLeod,
Fez Skala, Arash ‘Freedom’ Virani
Pheidipedes ......Anthony Walmsley
Strong Argument ......Daryl Hutchings
Weak Argument ......Steve Baumber

CAST - ACTS II & III

Prologue ......
Drummer ......Kuei-ming Lin
Archon ......
Lykon ......
Anytus ......
Meletus ......
Guards ......
Socrates ......
Chorus ......Sara Dickhout, Metta McLeod, Vanessa Parent,
Shaun Omaid, Anthony Walmsley, Amanda Konkin

Thetis ......
Achilles ......
Hecklers ......

Crito ......
The Laws ......
Xanthippe ......
Executioner ......Steve Baumber
Kuei-ming Lin
Luke Day
Steve Baumber
Amanda Konkin
Daryl Hutchings
Erin Davies, Fez Skala
Paul Toolan

Sara Dickhout
Anthony Walmsley
Dave Campbell, John Harris, James Gill, Kuei-ming Lin, Arash ‘Freedom’ Virani,
John Harris
Steve Baumber, Daryl Hutchings
Vanessa Parent
Luke Day

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Documentarian .....Andrew Irvine
Joan Bryans
Frances Herzer
Michael Rummen
John R. Taylor
Mimi Abrahams
Catherine E. Carr
Darren W. Hales
Rachel Glass
Laura Moore
Catherine Carlson, Nola Semczyszya
Daniel Unruh
Daniel Kawasaki
Sandi McDonald
Steve Baumber, Luke Day
Doug Williams, Sara Dickhout
Antoine Bourges