Socrates on Trial  

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.

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 every day, 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.'

The Merchant of Venice  For 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 a 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.

Bliss and The Garden Party

By Katherine Mansfield

In Bliss, set in London 1918, Bertha Young a thirty-year-old mother hosts a dinner party for her eccentric friends.
Katherine Mansfield's most well-known short story, The Garden Party takes us to the home of the Sheridan family in New Zealand high society.

The Cathedral
By Raymond Carver
The story of a married couple and the visit of his wife's friend, who happens to be blind.

Educational Theater has created and presented 16 original plays in its 16-year history.   In 2001, the theater began with two original plays, "No Answer" and "Thanksgiving" and a new format especially designed for students of English as a Second Language.  The next season (2002), the theater added a new play "Mr. Edward's Appointment," which continued in repertory with "No Answer."

Spring Season 2018

Metamorphosis  (Flier PDF)

 by Franz Kafka

adapted by Barbara Bregstein

Teatro LATEA

107 Suffolk Street NYC

Ticket Reservation 646-7337685

 Performance schedule: 

Tuesday, April 10 at 10:30 am
Wednesday,  April 11 at 6:30 pm
Thursday, April  12 at 10:30 am
Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 pm

Friday, April 14 at 10:30 am

 Monday, April 16 at 10:30 am

Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday,  April 18 at 10:30 am
Thursday, April 19 at 10:30 am

​Friday, April 20 at 10:30 am

Lesson Plans

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

By Ernest Hemingway

Adapted by Barbara Bregstein

Francis Macomber an American Diplomat and his wife Margo,

travel to Africa in search of adventure.  There they confront lions, buffalo,

and their own hidden desires.

Lesson Plan Hemingway 

The Gioconda Smile

by Aldoux Huxley

Aldous Huxley is best known for his great novel, ‘Brave New World.’ 

He also wrote short stories, among them a fascinating mystery

“The Gioconda Smile,” set in the 1920’s, about a man and his

complex relationships.

 Lesson Plan

The Gioconda Smile Full Story PDF

The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde

Can a painting of a person tell you more about him than the person's own face?
If it is painted with love, perhaps the painting will show more than just the outside of that person - perhaps will it show the inside.
This is the story of a strikingly beautiful young man named Dorian who arrives in Victorian London and is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic Henry Wotton, who introduces Dorian to the hedonistic pleasures of the city.
When a portrait of Dorian is unveiled, such is its beauty that he makes a pledge: he would give anything to stay as he is in the picture – even his soul. “Dorian Gray” examines the destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of pleasure and the darkness that can result.

For High School Students

Students can participate in the plays presented to them interacting with the Presenter and Actors at the talk back after

the play has finished.


English Language Learners have the opportunity to participate and feel comfortable interacting  with the Presenter and the Characters in every play. 

ETNY is a vendor registered with NYC DOE.

Performing At TEATRO LATEA 107 SUFFOLK Street NYC

The Metamorphosis: the Samsa's welcome Gregor's Chief Clerk. 

Monkey's Paw and Miriam

Lesson Plan by abcteach.

Short Lesson plan

The Samsa's Family

Students asking questions to the characters.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Gregor's abrupt and unexplained transformation, along with the story's juxtaposition of everyday life, gives the play a quality that is enigmatic and compelling.

Miriam at the movie theater.

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