San Diego Shakespeare Society: Prospero Mock Trial

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Date and Time

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, Moot Courtroom 2nd Floor

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




All are invited and welcome to attend the San Diego Shakespeare Society's Mock Trial of Prospero. This is sure to be a unique experience. After the events depicted in The Tempest and after the return to Naples from that uncharted island in the Mediterranean, King Alonso dies suddenly. His son Ferdinand succeeds to the throne but soon falls under the malicious influence of Prospero’s brother, the unrepentant Antonio. He convinces Ferdinand that they were all stranded on the island by the deliberate actions of Prospero and that by sinister means Prospero bewitched King Alonso into reinstating him as Duke of Milan. As this title was gained by trickery, it is null and void. Prospero is thus again deposed, with Antonio again becoming Duke. Criminal charges are brought against Prospero for piracy, witchcraft, and false imprisonment. Under the circumstances, the wedding of Miranda and Ferdinand is off. The mock trial will be presided by Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Bryan H. Wildenthal. Members of the audience will also serve on the jury of this case. Admission is $10 for students; $20.00 for non-members. An optional post-trial reception is available for $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets can also be purchased in advance. Visit the event web page for more information and instructions on how to purchase advance tickets. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Shakespeare Society.

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