SOCRATES MUST DIE: THE DEATH OF SOCRATES

2017
MICKAEL DE OLIVEIRA

Socrates Must Die features two episodes: The Death of Socrates and The Life of John Smith. The dyptich, starring by Albano Jerónimo, continues the director’s work on theatre and politics. The play takes us all the way from Socrates’ three last days in prison, as he awaits his execution, to a future new planet inhabited by an elite of reincarnated souls.

The Death of Socrates – Episode I

Starting from Plato’s PhaedoThe Death of Socrates brings together the reinvented character of Socrates (Albano Jerónimo), and his trusted friends, Paulo (Paulo Pinto), Pedro (Pedro Lacerda), Raquel (Maria Leite) and Ana (Ana Bustorff). A Morte de Sócrates narrates Socrates' last three days in prison where he was kept for a month, during the city’s festivities, which forbade any capital punishment to be carried out. Socrates’ friends try to persuade him not to die, showing him ways to run away. Nevertheless, he stays true to his conviction that death is preferable to life, the body being a hinderance to attain pure knowledge. However, after some rhetoric Paulo, Pedro, Raquel and Ana admit that they are themselves persuaded that dying is the best solution, presenting Sócrates with the utopia of a free world and a plan to reach it: to create a terrorist group and an Academy that preserves it throughout the times.

Text and Direction: Mickael de Oliveira

Cast: Albano Jerónimo, Ana Bustorff, Raquel Castro/Maria Leite, Paulo Pinto, Pedro Lacerda 

Direction Assistant: Solange Freitas 

Lighting Design: Rui Monteiro 

Sets, Costumes and Video: António MV 

Video Assistant: Maria Leite

Music: Diogo Ribeiro 

Make up: Jorge Bragada

Props: João Ferro Martins 

Technical Direction: Anaísa Guerreiro 

Sound Operator: João Neves

Photography: Bruno Simão

Directors of Production: Armando Valente and Maria Albergaria

Co-production: Colectivo84 and Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente

PERFORMANCES

TEATRO ACADÉMICO DE GIL VICENTE (COIMBRA, PT)

12 – 13 JANUARY 2017

SÃO LUIZ TEATRO MUNICIPAL (LISBOA, PT)

6 – 9 DECEMBER 2018

TEATRO VIRIATO (VISEU, PT)

13 DECEMBER 2018

TEASER

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Colectivo84 is a structure sponsored by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture/ Direção Geral das Artes.

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