Philosophy on Trial

Play

New Work
Writers: Jeff Fraser

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2014
Genres
Drama, Farce, Fairy Tale/Fantasy, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Contemporary, Simple/No Set
Time & Place
A courtroom, Time unspecified
Cast Size
medium
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult characters

Synopsis

The play is an allegorical farce, in which Lady Philosophy is on trial for corrupting the minds of young people and wasting their time. The entire play, in two acts, takes place in the “Court of Public Opinion” and just outside. A series of witnesses (Descartes, Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Jefferson, Einstein, and Socrates) provide a variety of perspectives on philosophy and the history of ideas. Much of the testimony provided by the witnesses is based on historical fact, including direct quotes from some of their writings. In this sense, the concept is patterned somewhat after Steve Allen's "Meeting of Minds".

Lead Characters