I understand your dilemma: you’re about to make an appearance before traffic court, and you have nothing to wear. It’s your third time up in the last six months, and this time it might be your license. So you need to garb yourself with something that screams imperious, and yet approachable on a good night.
So how about Dixie Carter’s red dress from Shakespeare Theatre’s 2005 production of Lady Windemere’s Fan? Alternately, you could wear a suit of armor. You might have a little trouble with the security gate, but what better defense is there than to appear with a helmet on your head, hold up your driver’s license, and say “this isn’t me, your honor”?
Or – there’s more. Depending on the identity of the judge, you might want to wear a Pork Heiress costume from last year’s The Heir Apparent. Or maybe a fairy godmother’s dress from the 2009 production of The Alchemist. Whatever it is, you can get it next Saturday, September 29, at the Shakespeare Theatre’s Rehearsal Studio at 507 8th Street SE between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. – prices are $200 all the way down to $1.
Costumes won’t be the only thing on sale. You can also buy props (consisting, apparently, mostly of chairs) at the same time and place and within the same price guidelines. Those of you who remember Design for Living are doubtlessly alive to the possibility that you might be able to furnish your home in a style you only dreamed of before.
On the 28th, the Shakespeare Theatre will hold a presale for those who have donated $1,500 or more to the theater and who are members of the theater’s Artistic Circle. This sale will take place between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Neither DCTS nor the Shakespeare Theatre warrant that wearing a Shakespeare Theatre costume will provide the wearer with immunity from a traffic ticket.