Join us at the beautiful and internationally acclaimed Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton for an amazing Shakespearean production of The Winter’s Tale, followed by a catered lunch and a two-hour live-interactive seminar — all included in the registration fee.
Whether it be Portia’s brilliant legal argument and wit against Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Leontes’s circumstantial evidence case against his Queen Hermione for adultery, conspiracy, and treason in The Winter’s Tale, Duke Humphrey’s fantastic example of the art of cross-examination in Henry VI, Part 2, or Antony’s funeral oration (in essence, a closing argument) in Julius Caesar, among many others, Shakespeare’s plays offer much to inform and improve our legal advocacy skills. Shakespeare’s words provide a wonderful forum to discuss concepts and topics such as justice and justification, eyewitness and circumstantial evidence, and motive.
While several plays will be discussed during the seminar, The Winter’s Tale is uniquely suited to begin this event, as it features a trial scene in which the accused, Hermione, eloquently refutes the charges and argues for both innocence and mercy. Explore the legal ramifications of Hermione’s trial and the larger play, full of humorous characters, music, fun, and magic.
The seminar will utilize the text of The Winter’s Tale, along with several other Shakespearean trial scenes, to illuminate basic courtroom skills. Two leading Shakespearean scholars, along with the American Shakespeare Center actors, and the seminar participants, will examine Shakespeare’s rhetorical and dramatic devices.
For more information and to register, please click on the link below:
CLE at the American Shakespeare Center: Shakespeare and Trial Advocacy
Live on Site at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton: Thursday, October 8 / MCLE