7th Annual Mock Trial At Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

7th Annual Mock Trial At Orlando Shakespeare Theatre

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will hold its 7th Annual Mock Trial on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Based on Shakespeare’s laugh out loud comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Margeson Theater will transform into an interactive courtroom as Mistresses Ford and Page are put on the stand, charged with the false imprisonment of the opportunistic old bachelor, John Falstaff. Tickets ($25 – Regular; $15 – Students) will be available starting Tuesday, January 13 by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at 812 East Rollins Street.

The Theater’s 7th Annual Mock Trial features actors from Orlando Shakes’ upcoming production of The Merry Wives of Windsor (playing February 4 – March 7, 2015). Following the audience’s advisory verdict, a panel of five special guest judges will announce the final ruling.

Kimberly A. Ashby, Partner at Akerman Senterfitt LLP, returns as an advocate, joined by newcomer, Nicholas A. Shannin, Esq. In addition to being a Board Certified Appellate Attorney at Shannin Law Firm, P.A., Mr. Shannin currently serves as the President of the Orange County Bar Association.

“We’re very excited to present the 2015 Mock Trial, based on Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s 1950’s sitcom-inspired production of The Merry Wives of Windsor,” said Mock Trial Committee Leader Cory L. Taylor, Partner at Roetzel & Andress. “This year’s mock trial characters will have audiences–and our advocates–rolling with laughter!”

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 cocktail hour. Starting at 6:00 p.m., all ticket holders are invited to enjoy free light hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverage.

Since 2009, Orlando Shakespeare Theater has hosted mock trials that explore contemporary legal thought using classic plays as their template. Past mock trials have considered whether Shakespeare’s Hamlet was indeed insane when he killed Polonius, and addressed a contentious Darcy v. Wickham defamation lawsuit based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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