What Day Job? Supreme Court's RBG Tries Acting

Ginsburg will have a cameo in 'The Merchant of Venice'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2016 9:21 AM CDT
What Day Job? Supreme Court's RBG Tries Acting
In this Dec. 6, 2015, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Art often imitates life, and that will ring true for none other than Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this summer as she throws off her court garb and dons stage attire for her role in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Vox reports. The 83-year-old justice's cameo appearance in the July performance will take place in its namesake Italian city, which is marking the 500th anniversary of Venice's Jewish ghetto, ABC News reports. Ginsburg will play a judge holding court over the trial of the loan shark Shylock.

Ginsburg is no first-time performer: In 2014, Politico noted she's found her way onto DC stages before, including playing Dick the Butcher in Henry VI, in which she spoke the line: "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," with her own ad-libbed "…and next the reporters" tacked onto the end. (More on the Venice ghetto's anniversary in the Washington Post.)

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