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Michael Stuhlbarg to Take On the Title Role in Socrates

The new play by Tim Blake Nelson makes its world premiere this spring at the Public Theater.

Michael Stuhlbarg will star as the title character in Tim Blake Nelson's world-premiere play Socrates at the Public Theater.
(© Allison Stock)

The Public Theater has announced initial casting for the world premiere of Socrates, a new play by Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Holes) and directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Junk).

The production will star Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (The Shape of Water, Call Me by Your Name) as Socrates, alongside Dave Quay (Diokles, Meletus), Austin Smith (Alcibiades), Joe Tapper (Agathon, Meno), and Andrew Weems (Proxenus, Gorgias, Aristophanes). Complete casting will be announced at a later date.

The play is described as follows: "Socrates is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. This powerful new play by actor, director, and writer Tim Blake Nelson is an intellectual thrill ride from the philosopher's growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history."

Performances will begin at the Public's Martinson Theater on April 2, 2019, and will run through May 19 with an official press opening on April 16.