Landmark Center’s Trial Re-enactment Series is a theatre program designed to bring to life many of the trials and court decisions that were made in Landmark Center when it was the Federal Courts Building.  Noted Twin Cities judges, legal practitioners and academics often trade robes for costumes to bring the courts to life.

2013 Trial Reenactment Information:

“James J. Hill: Tales of an Empire Builder”
 A Trial Drama

­ST PAUL, MN- The trial drama of James J. Hill will take place in Landmark Center as a full cast of local judges, lawyers and actors team up to present, “James J. Hill: Tales of an Empire Builder” from an original script by playwright and director Joan Gill Elwell.

Public performances of the play will take place on Thursday, October 3, Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at 7 pm in historic Landmark Center’s F. K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium.

Tickets are $5. There will be opportunities to meet the cast after the performances.  Call 651.292.3276 to reserve tickets.

This trial reenactment and historical drama is a collaboration between Landmark Center and Lakeshore Players Theatre and is sponsored by law firm Leonard, Street & Deinard.

A free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit opportunity (1 credit pending) will take place on Friday, October 4. The CLE discussion, “The Roots of Anti-Trust Law:  A Case Analysis of the Northern Securities Trial,” will follow the presentation of Landmark Center’s annual trial reenactment and historical drama. The program runs from 7pm – 8:15pm (trial drama) and 8:15pm – 9:15pm (CLE discussion) The CLE discussion is free. “The Roots of Anti-Trust Law:  A Case Analysis of the Northern Securities Trial” is a law-focused discussion that will analyze the Northern Securities case and its progeny within their historical context.  The CLE program will consider the case’s momentous impact in anti-trust law, as one of the first cases to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, and discuss its continued importance as a cornerstone of law. The CLE discussion will be led by attorney Stephen Kilgriff and includes the following panelists: Justice Paul Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court (ret.), Professor Doug Heidenreich of William Mitchell College of Law, and attorney Tom Fabel. 

***Please make sure to arrive early for both the Thursday & Saturday perfromance to ensure parking. There will be Wild games happening at the same time as the performances.***


Past performances have included the following personalities or stories:

Crime of Ages: The Doc Barker Story
The Rise and Fall of W. B. Foshay-
Evelyn Frechette
-girlfriend of John Dillinger
Volney Davis, Barker-Karpis Gang “henchman”
Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, Barker-Karpis Gang
The Lewis and Clark Papers
Kid Cann

The reenactment performances open to the public and due to their popularity always require a reservation.  A post-performance presentation and reception with the cast usually follows the show. 

Click on this links below to view available plays:

2010 performance of “The Life and Trials of Kid Cann.”

2011 performance of "The Rise and Fall of W.B. Foshay."

2012 performance of "Crime of the Ages: The Doc Barker Story"