Law School Transforms into Old-World Theater for Shakespearean Plays

Posted: Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:40

“I was seated Sunday afternoon in the Great Room of the Cumberland School of Law, and I saw Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done,” said Courtney Haden, columnist, in the Weld of Birmingham article “The first thing we do, let’s thrill all the lawyers.”

On the weekend of Feb. 15, Cumberland School of Law’s Great Room was transformed into an old-world theater such as the Globe Theatre in London, England, from Shakespeare’s day to host world-class, Elizabethan style performances of two Shakespearean plays. Students, faculty, friends of the law school, alumni and members and guests of the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff and Brandt attended the American Shakespeare Center’s performances of Othello and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

“These Shakespearean plays were an excellent way to thank law school donors. I would like to acknowledge and thank the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff and Brandt for underwriting the cost,” said David R. Hutchens, Cumberland School of Law’s senior advancement director.

Hutchens is overseeing the law school’s Pride. Promise. People. capital campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise $15 million for academic programs, student scholarships and faculty enhancements.

A detailed account of how the performances arrived at Cumberland School of Law is posted on Weld at