Fringe puts philosophy on trial

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Screen Plays – Hollywood’s Golden Age on Stage will present Lady Philosophy on Trial as part of this year’s Rochester Fringe Festival.

Screen Plays founder and Artistic Director Karen Tuccio discussed the show featuring an all-female cast Thursday during News 8 at Noon.

Lady Philosophy is actually a live radio play,” said Tuccio. “It is about the story that mirrors what Socrates went through in 399 B.C. when he was put on trial for corrupting the minds of the young for critical thought, because it was a justification and threat to the State. So now we have Lady Philosophy on trial with the same charges.”

Tuccio said the audience will take an active role in the production. “They are the jurors in judgment. They will hear testimony from Socrates, Queen Christina of Sweden, and from Rochester influential Western thinkers Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. It’s a radio play set in the forties, so this trial is like the Trial of the Century. We have infused some commercials, so it’s very educational and entertaining at the same time.”

Lady Philosophy on Trial addresses an underlying question in our society, can philosophy remain relevant in our technology driven age? “In our technological society today you can go to the internet and get so much information, so what’s the value of philosophy?”asked Tuccio. “It’s a love of wisdom and critical thinking, and as humans you still need that element of questioning why and the element of courage, and the element of trying to share virtues with one another, and computers can’t do that! And so there’s an importance of philosophy and to listen and to keep it alive today.”

Performances of Lady Philosophy on Trial will take place at the Lyric Theatre Cabaret Hall as follows:

Friday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12 and the show is recommended for ages 13 and up.

For more information about this show and the Rochester Fringe Festival, click here.


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