Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends Supreme Court-themed play in D.C.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg posing with members of the cast of “Arguendo.” From left, Susie Sokol, Vin Knight, Justice Ginsburg, Maggie Hoffman, Ben Williams and John Collins, artistic director of Elevator Repair Service and director of “Arguendo”. (Paul Smith/ Wolly Mammoth Theatre)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg posing with members of the cast of “Arguendo.” From left, Susie Sokol, Vin Knight, Ginsburg, Maggie Hoffman, Ben Williams and John Collins, artistic director of Elevator Repair Service and director of “Arguendo”. (Paul Smith/ Wolly Mammoth Theatre)

Hey isn’t that… Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — trailed by a two-man security detail — at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s production of “Arguendo” on Sunday night. The show is a verbatim retelling of the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre Inc., which questioned whether Indiana’s ban on public nudity violated exotic dancers’ First Amendment rights.

The case was argued before Ginsburg joined the court, but she was close with the late Bruce J. Ennis Jr., the First Amendment lawyer who argued the case. Ennis’s widow, Emily, hosted an event at the show on Sunday.

Ginsburg, a frequent theater-goer (and sometime theater-napper), stayed after curtain call to participate in a 30-minute panel discussion. “Most of the audience stuck around to hear what she had to say,” said Jeffrey Herrmann, managing director of Woolly Mammoth. Ginsburg, who decided just that night to join the panel, first warned Herrmann that she couldn’t stay too long. “I have homework to do tonight,” she reportedly said.

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