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John R. Hamilton Mock Trial: 8th
Annual Event

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Each spring, Orlando Shakespeare Theater hosts an annual Mock Trial that has become one of the most anticipated events on the Theater’s calendar. Hailed as live theater meets Judge Judy, the Mock Trial assembles a panel of celebrity judges to hear a case based on one of the season’s Signature Series productions and argued by notable attorneys in Central Florida.

The Mock Trial was conceived in 2009 to explore the connection between classical theater and modern-day law. Past mock trials have considered whether Shakespeare’s Hamlet was insane when he killed Polonius, addressed a contentious Darcy vs. Wickham defamation lawsuit based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and asked if the old rogue Falstaff was falsely imprisoned.

2016 Mock Trial: 8th Annual Event
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Performance: 7 p.m.
VIP Reception: 6 p.m.

This year, Mother Nature will be put on trial for the havoc she’s wrought on the characters in two of Shakespeare’s productions: The Tempest and Pericles. Characters from both shows will delight attendees as they improvise their way through the trial, making pop culture references, and offering wild modifications to history. While the audience offers an advisory verdict, the final ruling will be made by a panel of celebrity judges.

Kimberly A. Ashby, partner at Akerman LLP, returns as an advocate, joined by Nicholas A. Shannin, Esq.

The public event also includes an opportunity to mingle with leading members of Central Florida’s legal, business, and artistic communities in a pre-show VIP cocktail hour. Starting at 6:00 p.m., all VIP ticket holders are invited to enjoy complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets on sale now. To purchase and for more information, call the Box Office at 
(407) 447-1700 ext. 1.


Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel “Taking Names” Columnist.

Belvin Perry, Jr., Attorney at Morgan & Morgan.

Cynthia Schmidt, Director of UCF’s Center for Law and Policy.

Julie Wolf, Senior Private Banker SVP at Wells Fargo.


For more information about how you or your company can become involved in the Mock Trial, please contact our Director of Development Dana Nichols at 407-447-1700 ext. 206 or at danan@orlandoshakes.org.

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2016 John R. Hamilton Mock Trial: Pericles vs. The Tempest


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