Hey isn’t that… Judge David S. Tatel, looking dashing in 17th-century judicial costume late Wednesday evening, lingering on the street outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse? Isn’t that former White House counsel Boyden Gray with him? And other familiar faces, strangely hatted and berobed?
Judicial fashions aren’t changing — the scene was a case of theatrics gone awry. Tatel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit judge who will be performing the role of “Grand Inquisitor” in a private performance of local author James Reston, Jr.’s play “Galileo’s Torch,” had invited the cast to his courtroom for an after-work reading and to try their costumes. Then the fire alarm went off, sending the cast out into the street.
And that guy dressed as Galileo, reading lines in a booming voice? That’s just British transplant and actor/disc jockey Colin Davies, who’s also in the play.