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You’ve seen him chastise rank-and-file officers! You’ve watched him take down an A-16 IMF-hating punk! And you’ve ogled his freckle-faced mug on the cover of the Washington Post Magazine! (All with his trademark grumpy-uncle approach.) His stature may scream character actor (Nipsey Russell meets William H. Macy), but that’s not stopping D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey. That’s right, next stop for Ramsey: Shakespeare. No, contrary to rumors circulating along Indiana Avenue, he will not be playing Macbeth to Terrance Gainer’s Lady Macbeth. But the top cop will be performing in Bard-a-Thon, a round-the-clock reading of Shakespeare held by the Theatre Lab Inc. to raise money for its education and outreach programs. If Ramsey should find his inner Olivier, his police force should start thinking about wearing tights and writing up arrest reports in iambic pentameter. And maybe even the possibility of fake Chief Craig T. Nelson starring in a Hallmark Hall of Fame version of Twelfth Night. Be on the lookout for the chief when the Bard-a-Thon begins at 8 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 588-8113. (Jason Cherkis)