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SOCRATES NOW

5 July 2016

For the 5th consecutive summer beneath the Acropolis!

Following 415 performance-discourses to more than 200,000 people in 20 countries and 8 languages, Plato's timeless classic "The Apology of Socrates" returns to its origin for the 5th consecutive celebratory summer. The performance-discourse will be in English, for foreign visitors and the citizens of Athens.

SOCRATES NOW, a production of the Greek Theater of New York (EllinikoThεatro) and Visionary Culture is a 90-minute solo piece that captures the essence of Socratic ethics in an accessible and engaging manner. Yannis Simonides channels the eccentric yet magnetic personality of Socrates and offers a profoundly social, political, but above all human work which captivates the audience with the humor, immediacy and simplicity of its theatrical rendition. An integral part of the performance is the open discussion that follows between the acclaimed artist and the public.

SOCRATES NOW in the new NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC series: THE GREEKS

On Tuesday, July 5 at 9pm, the American PBS television network is premiering Part III of the new National Geographic series THE GREEKS, which includes segments of the SOCRATES NOW performance beneath the Acropolis, along with on-camera commentary by Yannis Simonides on Socrates and on Athens then and now.

Part I will be broadcast on June 21 and Part II on June 28. The three-part series will then air internationally on associated channels and networks.
The broadcast will coincide with the live English language performances of SOCRATES NOW, June 25 through July 24, Wednesdays through Sundays at 9pm, in the courtyard of the Athens University History Museum in Plaka.

SOCRATES NOW is presented under the Aegis of The Greek Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Athens, the ELLINIKI ETAIRIA - Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, the Athens-Attica Hotel Association, and the European Parliament.

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