Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents 4th Annual Mock Trial On February 21, 2012

Bard's Board Barristers focus on "Romeo and Juliet" and The Trial of Friar Laurence
2011-Trial-OST. Photo by Rob Jones
2011-Trial-OST. Photo by Rob Jones
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Dec. 13, 2011 - PRLog -- Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Bard’s Board Barristers present their annual mock trial on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street).  Based on William Shakespeare’s (and Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of) Romeo and Juliet, this lively event will explore whether Friar Laurence is legally culpable for the untimely deaths of Juliet and Romeo.

After the teenagers are found dead in the Capulet Vault, Prince Escalus declares there will be “more talk of these sad things;/Some shall be pardoned, and some punished”, implying that he plans to deliver justice. Topping the list of possible suspects is Friar Laurence, who is, as he admits himself, the “most suspected”.

Since 2009, the Bard’s Board Barristers has hosted mock trials using classic plays as templates to explore contemporary legal thought.  Past mock trials focused on legal issues arising from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as well as Shakespeare's Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.  

Actors from Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet (running January 25 – March 17, 2012) will participate in this event.  A panel of five special guest judges will then consider the verdict. Kimberly Ashby, a shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt, and John Hamilton, a shareholder at Foley & Lardner, will serve as advocates for the parties. As usual, there will be a number of twists, turns, and surprises throughout the trial.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and the opportunity to mingle with leading members of Central Florida’s legal, business and artistic communities before the trial.  The public is welcome; however, general admission seating is limited. Tickets are $25  ($15 for students) and include one drink ticket; good for any beverage.

2012 Mock Trial tickets are available by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 or online at http://www.orlandoshakes.org and in person at the Box Office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.

The 2011 Mock Trial is sponsored by First American Title Company and Roetzel & Andress. Romeo and Juliet is made possible by Geller Ragans, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs. Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is supported by United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts campaign and by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

The Trial of Friar Laurence: The Bard’s Board Barristers 4th Annual Mock Trial

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
5:30 p.m. – Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, and mingling
6:30 p.m. - The Trial
7:30 p.m. - Case closed!

Orlando Shakespeare Theater | Margeson Theater
John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center | 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

General Admission Seating (Includes one drink ticket; good for any beverage)
Regular: $25 | Student: $15

Please visit http://www.orlandoshakes.org/pr for recent press releases. Contact Melissa Mason, Director of Marketing at 407-447-1700 ext. 215 or melissam@orlandoshakes.org for further details or to arrange for individual interviews.

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Now celebrating its 23rd season, Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed Equity theaters producing bold professional theater in Central Florida. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director Shannon Lacek, Orlando Shakespeare Theater continues to achieve the highest standards, while preserving its artistic and cultural legacy. Through PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new plays. Orlando Shakes also provides innovative educational experiences through its youth education programming, serving over 25,000 young people, families, and schools annually.
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