Tonight: Theatre Lab’s Bard-a-Thon & Benefit feat. Carol Schwartz, Trey Graham, and…Me!
Tonight, and with apologies to Jimmy Scott, I'll be joining the Washington Post's Jane Horwitz and Sarah Kaufman on the judging panel at the 2010 Bard-a-Thon. The event, part of Theatre Lab's "Send a Kid to Theatre Camp" benefit, features local media types performing scenes from Shakespeare.
But not in doublets!
"Everyone will be performing in their pajamas," writes Theatre Lab's Co-Director Deb Gottesman. The tradition, she explains, is "a bizarre holdover from the days when this used to be an all-night event."
I don't have a totally clear picture of how this'll play out, but I have heard that Jim Vance and Doreen Gentzler (both of NBC4) are doing the Hamlet/Ophelia "get thee to a nunnery" schtick; that Sue Palka and Will Thomas (both of FOX 5) are performing a bit from Taming of the Shrew; that former Councilwoman Carol Schwartz and NBC's Tom Sherwood are performing the balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet; and that our own Trey Graham will appear opposite Barbara Klein (his colleague at NPR) to perform a scene TBA.
My job, as far as I know, is to eat dinner and chime in after each performance. So, if you've got $50+ to spare for a good cause, or you're a disgruntled member of the theater community eager to see Trey get some of his own medicine, do swing by Theatre Lab tonight. I won't offer predictions, except for one. Trey: I'm expecting silk.