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O learned judge!
I STAND FOR LAW

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is guest starring as a judge in a Shakespearean mock trial in Italy

By Thu-Huong Ha

This summer, take a vacation to Venice: Stroll along the canals, down some spritz, and—sure, why not—stop in to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco to see Ruth Bader Ginsburg play a judge in a Shakespearean legal drama.

The real-life US Supreme Court justice will preside over a mock trial between The Merchant of Venice‘s Shylock and Antonio on July 27. Characters Shylock (the play’s antagonistic Jewish moneylender), Antonio (who stands to lose a pound of his flesh to Shylock), and Portia (who disguises herself as a doctor of law to save Antonio) will also be played by famous lawyers from around the world, according to the site of the organizing group, The Merchant in Venice.

(Though several outlets have reported the Notorious RBG will appear in the play itself, a representative confirms the mock trial and the Merchant of Venice productions are entirely separate events.)

You’ll be able to watch the proceedings for a minimum of $2,500—the price-tag includes 4 “VIP” tickets to the main production, guided museum tours, and one seat at the mock trial.

The event is part of a week-long series of performances of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Karin Coonrod and starring The Wire‘s Reg E. Cathey as Antonio. It’s part of a larger commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, 500 years ago today (March 29).