Mock Trial

Mock Trial

Mar 5, 2024
Harman Hall

STC’s Annual Mock Trial is Back

WHAT’S DONE CANNOT BE UNDONE” – BUT WHO MUST PAY WHAT DAMAGES?: Malcolm v. The Estates of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth  

Blood will have blood. Unbridled ambition, supernatural forces, and murderous desires reign supreme in Shakespeare’s most poetic examination of evil. When three witches tell Macbeth that he will become King of Scotland, he plots with his wife, Lady Macbeth,  to attain the title through an assassination; a bloody act that lands them the crown…for a time. 

For the Mock Trial, we find ourselves in Scotland’s highest appellate court where King Duncan’s son, Malcolm, is seeking damages over the wrongful death of his beloved father. Who should pay? Macbeth, the perpetrator of the crime, or Lady Macbeth, the instigator? That’s up to you to decide.

Bard Association Pre-Sale begins Tues, FEB 7, 2024
Donor and Subscriber Pre-Sale begins Mon, FEB 12, 2024
Tickets go on sale to the public on Wed, FEB 14, 2024

$150 – Premium Seat at the Mock Trial and access to VIP post-performance reception. Please call the Box Office at 202.547.1122 to purchase the Premium Seat with Reception.
$100 – Premium Seat at Mock Trial
$60 – One seat at the Mock Trial
$10 – Student Ticket
$25 – Virtual Streaming

Tickets and Schedule



Elie Honig Former federal and state prosecutor, CNN Senior Legal Analyst, best-selling author
Katie Phang NBC/MSNBC Legal Contributor and Correspondent and Host of The Katie Phang Show


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, presiding
Judge Patricia A. Millett, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Judge Bradley Garcia, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Judge Thomas W. Thrash, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Judge Ana Reyes, The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Marshal for the Court:
Marshal Pamela Talkin, Former Marshal of the Supreme Court of the United States 

Abbe Lowell, STC Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Chair of the Bard Association 

All titles, participants, and dates subject to change. 

Mock Trial Scenario Committee 

Abbe Lowell: Chair, Winston & Strawn LLP
Carol Elder Bruce: Law Office of Carol Elder Bruce, PLLC
Joseph Block
Gregory Cooke
Nina Laserson Dunn, Esq.
Burton Fishman: Fortney & Scott LLC
Medha Gargeya: U.S. Department of Justice
Jeffrey N. Gibbs: Hyman, Phelps and McNamara
Drew Lichtenburg: STC Resident Dramaturg
Lloyd Randolph
Zhanna L. Malekos Smith
John Vogel: Crowell & Moring LLP
Carolyn Wheeler: Katz, Marshall & Banks LLP 

About The Bard Association 

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Bard Association offers lawyers and other individuals with legal ties the opportunity to experience classical theatre at its finest while building both personal and professional relationships. This unique affinity group provides a valuable connection between the legal community and the arts through networking opportunities, enriching panel discussions and programs, including the popular Mock Trial Series. The panel discussions and other events conduct in-depth examinations into the roles of lawyers and legal issues in many Shakespeare plays and other classic theatre pieces. 

Membership in the Bard Association transforms the individual experience from occasional ticket buyer to dedicated patron of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Members of the Bard Association enjoy exclusive benefits such as advance ticket purchase for the Mock Trial Series and Shakespeare and the Law events, “behind-the-scenes” access to the theatre, and the chance to create a greater awareness of the importance of the arts.

For information on the Bard Association, please contact 

View photos from previous Bard Association events. 

About The Mock Trial Series

“A Washington wonk’s dream” –The New York Times

Conceived in 1994, the Mock Trial Series explores the connection of classical theatre and modern-day law. Tickets to the event have been known to sell out in minutes due to the prominent law professionals it hosts, such as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and the Honourable Suzanne Côté from the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland, Judge David S. Tatel, Judge Thomas B. Griffith, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Judge Patricia A. Millett, Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard, Judge Robert L. Wilkins, and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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