The University of Missouri School of Law’s Historical and Theatrical Trial Society (HATTS) will present “Creating Life and Death: The Trial of Dr. Victor Frankenstein” on February 10, 2011.

Previous HATTS trials have featured Lewis and Clark’s supposed theft of a Native American’s canoe, Al Capone’s role in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and Missouri Gov. Thomas Crittenden’s alleged bounty on the head of outlaw Jesse James.

Now a new kind of “historical” character will be featured – one from the annals of literature. The story of Frankenstein is one that has intrigued the minds of people around the globe. Since it was first published, Frankenstein has inspired countless books, movies and works of art, not to mention its use in political rhetoric.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein will be tried for the wrongful death of his assistant, Igor, who was murdered by Frankenstein’s monstrous creation. Is Dr. Frankenstein responsible for the actions of his creation, or should this “creature” be considered a human adult that is solely responsible for its own behavior? These questions and more will be argued and decided by MU Law faculty, staff and students, as well as practicing lawyers and judges.

The trial will be held at 7 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium on the University of Missouri campus. It is free and open to the public. Due to references to murder and other adult subjects in the story of Dr. Frankenstein, parental guidance for children 13 and under is encouraged.

HATTS is a group of students and faculty dedicated to exploring the intersection of law, history and theatre.

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