The Macbeth Files: A Witches’ Brew

William Shakespeare’s timeless classic takes center stage again — this time in a unique amalgamation of theatrical presentation and mock trial — at Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley on Sunday, April 30th, 2023.

Macbeth, a Scottish general, meets three Weird Sisters on the heath after defending the king against an insurrection, where he receives strange tidings about his future. He later returns to them for guidance and advice. The Sisters’ use of body parts in their ritual activities has subjected them to criminal prosecution but also opens up intriguing lines of defense focusing on religious freedom. You are the jury at this interactive trial, in which two stellar lawyers argue the case for and against the Weird Sisters and actors perform scenes from the Scottish play.

The UC Shakespeare Trial is a joint project of the New Swan Shakespeare Center at UC Irvine, Berkeley Law, Stanford Law, and UCI Law. Previous trials include Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and Julius Caesar.

Tickets for In-Person

Tickets are now available on the Freight & Salvage website: Shakespeare Trial 2023: A Witches’ Brew. Doors open at noon. Show starts at 1:00pm. 


Livestreaming here on April 30th, 2023 at 1:00pm

For anyone needing closed captioning, please click on the CC button at the bottom of the video. Please note captions will be delayed. You can also view captions of the livestream here. 

Cast your Vote

Cast your vote here! 

The Legal Team


Erwin ChemerinskyErwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. He became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law in 2017. Prior to assuming this position, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He has also taught at Duke University, USC, and DePaul College of Law. He is the author of sixteen books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction. His most recent books are Worse than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism (2022) and Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights (2021).


Bernadette MeylerBernadette Meyler is Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law at Stanford University. She holds a PhD in English from UC Irvine. She is a scholar of British and American constitutional law and of law and the humanities. She is also a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in Constitutional Studies. Her research and teaching bring together the sometimes surprisingly divided fields of legal history and law and literature. They also examine the long history of constitutionalism, reaching back into the English common law ancestry of the U.S. Constitution. She is the author of Theaters of Pardoning, which looks at mechanisms of pardoning in seventeenth-century drama and politics.


Andrew GuilfordHon. Andrew Guilford, Ret. is a former United States District Judge for the Central District of California where he heard over a hundred trials. During his judicial tenure, Judge Guilford sat by designation on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Federal Circuit. As a trial lawyer, he was elected president of the State Bar of California and as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a founder of the UCI School of Law, and now serves as a mediator and arbitrator for Judicate West.

The Charges

You will be asked to vote on two separate charges:

  • Are the Weird Sisters guilty or not guilty of violating California Penal Code § 383, prohibiting the sale or other disposal of food, drink, drug, or medicine, knowing that the same is adulterated or . . . otherwise unwholesome or unfit to be eaten or drunk, with intent to permit the same to be eaten or drunk;
  • Are the Weird Sisters guilty or not guilty of violating California Health and Safety Code § 7208, which specifies that every person who unlawfully disposes, uses, or sells the body of an unclaimed dead person . . . is guilty of a misdemeanor.

The Actors


HOPE ANDREJACKAndrejack was born and raised in New York, she got her BA in theatre from Marymount Manhattan College and is a recent graduate from UC Irvine’s MFA program. Some of her past roles include Portia in “The Merchant of Venice,” Thaisa in “Pericles,” Adriana in “Comedy of Errors,” Anna in “Burn This,” Penelope in “The Penelopiad,” Joanne in “Company the Musical,” and Natasha in “The Three Sisters.” Since graduating from UC Irvine, Andrejack has signed with agencies in Los Angeles and San Francisco; she is pursuing jobs in television/film as well as commercial work.


MEG_EVANSEvans holds an MFA in Acting from the UC Irvine, a BA in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University, and an MPhil. in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College Dublin. Previous New Swan credits include Dionyza in “Pericles,” Launce in “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and Titania in “A Midsummer Nights Dream.” Other credits include “Macbeth” (Lady Macbeth), “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (Rosaline) and “The Survival Project.” Evans teaches Voice, Speech and Movement around Orange County and Los Angeles.


ABEL_GARCIAGarcia was born and raised in El Paso, where he received his BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso. He moved to California in 2016 and was awarded his MFA in Acting from UC Irvine in 2021. Garcia is also a part-time acting instructor at The Orange County School of the Arts. Recent credits include Ralph D in “The Motherf***er with The Hat (Teatro Neplanta, El Paso 2023), Smith and Judge Hayes in “The Story of Biddy Mason” (UC Irvine, 2022), Dromio of Ephesus in “The Comedy of Errors” and Cleon in “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” (New Swan Shakespeare Festival 2022), Peter Shaw in “Silent Sky” (Greenbrier Valley Theatre, West Virginia 2022). and Pale in “Burn This” (UC Irvine 2021).


EVAN_LUGOLugo grew up in the Metro Detroit area in Michigan. He received his BFA in Acting from Western Michigan University. Lugo graduated from the MFA Acting Program at UC Irvine in 2022. He now lives in Los Angeles where he continues to pursue work in theatre and television/film. Some of his passions other than acting include dancing, NFTs, and video games.

Scenes from “Macbeth” directed by Eli Simon, Chancellor’s Professor of Drama, UC Irvine
Stage management by Jesús López Vargas, New Swan Shakespeare Center
Dramaturgy by Julia Reinhard Lupton, Distinguished Professor of English, UC Irvine

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