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The death of Socrates, Jaques-Louis David, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Socrates on Trial     Download    Flier PDF

By Barbara Bregstein

ETNY Theater Company presents SOCRATES ON TRIAL, its original and faithful adaptation of  five Plato dialogues, Gorgias, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo, set in ancient Greece in 399 B.C. the day of Socrates' trial.  The audience becomes the Athenian Assembly and votes on Socrates' guilt or innocence.  Within the dramatic context of the story of Socrates' trial and imprisonment, many issues emerge: the historical moment in Greece; the question of whether it is worse to do wrong or suffer wrong; the theory of natural right; the social contract between the individual and the state; the value of searching for truth through questioning; the importance of excellence; the power of prejudice; and the journey of the soul after death.  With  Peter Cory  as Socrates.

Historical Background PDF     

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Socrates Follow-Up Activity Follow up activity  (MSWord)  

  • From Socrates on Trial


    • "It takes true goodness to make a man or a woman happy, and an immoral, wicked person is unhappy."  from Gorgias
    • "My love of people makes me talk to everyone I meet quite freely and unreservedly, and without payment. Indeed, if I could, I would pay people myself to listen to me." from 'Euthyphro.'
    • "I do not think I know what I do not know." from the 'Apology.'
    • ".. And I tell you that no greater good can happen to a man that to discuss human excellence everyday, knowing that an unexamined life is not worth living." from the  'Apology.'
    • "I will not repay injustice with injustice. I will go away victim of injustice, not of the laws, but of men." Socrates in 'Crito.'


FLYER ETNY Socrates and Shakespeare (PDF)

Socrates on Trial and The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Illustration By Kinuko Y Craft

The Merchant of VeniceFor High School students

A rare opportunity to see Shakespeare's great  play about Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, and his arch enemy Antonio.  In ETNY Theater's unique format, the students have the chance to participate after each act.  Imagine this: the actors freeze, the Presenter enters and engages the audience in conversation about the play's characters and themes.  This gives the students time to think about what they have seen, to express their ideas, and to remain active throughout the performance.  The play continues this way act by act.  The Merchant of Venice has been shortened somewhat, but Shakespeare's language remains intact.


written and directed by Barbara Bregstein

Galileo is best known for the trial of 1633 which brought him mythic fame as the astronomer who asserted that the earth  revolved around the sun.  But there was more to his life story than that.  This play reveals the nature of his relationships with his mistress, his daughters, the pope, as well as the development of the telescope.

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