Socrates, proclaimed by the oracle at Delphi to be the wisest man in Athens, has been brought to trial for “corrupting the youth of the city and professing disbelief in the ancestral gods”; His accusers call for his death. Will Socrates’ wisdom be enough to defend himself and convince the jury of his innocence? Or will his tireless search for truth endanger his life and continue to anger the proud men of Athens? In this crisp eighty minute adaptation of Plato’s dialogue, the audience becomes the jury and experiences the theatrics of the Socratic method as Socrates defends his life. Experience CourtTV brought to life, starring the father of modern philosophy and the most fascinating person ever to ponder the meaning of life in this thought-provoking production that proves the unexamined life is not worth living.
In an unforgettable performance, celebrated veteran classical theatre actor Sam Tsoutsouvas returns to the Philadelphia stage to bring to life the immortal Socrates.
APOLOGY features Sam Tsoutsouvas* as Socrates, and Sean Bradley as Meletus.
SAM TSOUTSOUVAS (Socrates) Broadway: By Jeeves, Dracula, Our Country’s Good. Off-Broadway: The New York Shakespeare Festival: The Two Noble Kinsmen, Timon of Athens, Antony and Cleopatra (dir. Vanessa Redgrave). Theatre for a New Audience: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (dir. Julie Taymor). Playwrights Horizons: Gus and Al. American Jewish Repertory: title role in The Puppetmaster of Lodz. Irish Rep: Crofts in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Metropolitan Playhouse: Chris Christopherson in Bob Kalfin’s production ofAnna Christie. Manhattan Theatre Source: Alfred Stieglitz in Joan Tewkesbury’sRetrospective. National Tour: Salieri in Amadeus (dir. Peter Hall), Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls (dir. Stephen Daldry). Regional: Pittsburgh Public Theatre: George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard and Salter in A Number. Baltimore Center Stage: Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Lord Burleigh in Mary Stuart. Mark Taper Forum: Estragon in Waiting for Godot (dir. Joseph Chaikin). Berkeley Repertory: Yank Smith in The Hairy Ape. ACT San Francisco: Duke Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi (dir. Robert Woodruff). Long Wharf: Dr. Stockman in An Enemy of the People. Chautauqua Institute: Deely inOld Times, Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, Orgon in Tartuffe. White Barn Theater: Tennessee Williams in David Foley’s Sad Hotel. Signature Theater: Ernest Hemmingway in Shooting in Madrid. Pittsburgh City Theater: Frank Lloyd Wright in Work Song. Ford’s Theater: James Conover in State of the Union. Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theater: Title role in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Captain Shotover in Heartbreak House, Max in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Other Shakespeare roles include Hamlet, Hotspur, Leontes, Coriolanus, Macbeth, Berowne, Benedick, Shylock, Brutus and Titus Andronicus (in Gale Edward’s production for the Shakespeare Theater of Washington D.C.) He most recently appeared as Lobb inThe Hothouse and Hirst in No Man’s Land at the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. He has done a fair amount of television, appeared in the film “Ghost” and is frequently heard on recorded books.
*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.