'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 politics

Greg Nash

Wherefore art thou, members of Congress?

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On Tuesday night, you could find many of them taking the stage at the packed Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington and yukking it up in the annual “Will on the Hill” benefit performance.

Lawmakers, including Reps. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Roger WickerRoger WickerSenate votes to block USDA catfish inspections GOP senators: Obama bathroom guidance is 'not appropriate' Senate Republicans ask Trump to soften his tone MORE (R-Miss.), shared the stage with members of the press and professional actors, such as “Mad Men's” Harry Hamlin, to perform “Lend Me Your Ears.”

The plot centered around a leading candidate in the presidential primary, who ran his campaign without any publicity. Set on Super Tuesday, the identity of the candidate is a mystery. The campaign visits a small town, where a festival celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday is being held.

The script chided both sides of the aisle and various government agencies, ranging from outgoing House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorJohn Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince The Trail 2016: Dems struggle for unity Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge MORE (R-Va.) to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

During one bit, a superPAC tried to bribe or ahem, influence, the presidential candidate's top aide. The superPAC's name? The Americans for an American Future for America (AFAAFFA for short, natch).

Another bit focused on the the candidate's family members running a public campaign for healthy eating and regular exercise — a la Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaClinton rules out Sanders while playing 'who'd you rather' to chose running mate First Nigerian girl taken by Boko Haram rescued WATCH: Obama accidentally steps on First Lady's dress at state dinner MORE’s “Let’s Move!” initiative — but were getting worn out.

“They're making me eat kale. And drink kale,” the candidate's wife said. “It's just too much!”

Playing the candidate's campaign manager, Hamlin mocked one former commander-in-chief’s newfound passion, quipping, “You're my assistant – which is like saying that George W. Bush is a painter.”

The actors also got in a jab at posturing for the upcoming presidential race: “The results of the midterms remain to be seen, but it's not to early to compete for 2016!”

Other members who made cameos included Reps. Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne BonamiciRep. Ellison challenges Ryan to bring Muslim guest to SOTU House votes to start No Child Left Behind talks with Senate Obama warns of power grid's lagging cyber defenses MORE (D-Ore.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Jim McDermottJim McDermottLawmakers urge Obama not to send shoulder-fired missiles to Syria GOP group promises ObamaCare replacement plan — soon Sanders fundraising for 3 House candidates MORE (D-Wash.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Jim MoranJim MoranBottom Line Congress and new labor laws: what goes around comes around Ten House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt MORE (D-Va.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Terri SewellTerri SewellRyan backs voting rights bill — but tells black caucus it's out of his hands Dems pound drum for voting rights update Juan Williams: GOP disgraces itself with voter ID push MORE (D-Ala.), Kevin YoderKevin YoderOvernight Cybersecurity: FBI won't tell Apple how it hacked iPhone House unanimously passes email privacy bill House to take up email privacy bill this month MORE (R-Kan.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack and The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank also got in on the Shakespearean action. The Hill served as a media sponsor of the event.

The evening raised more than $450,000 for Shakespeare Theatre's education and outreach programs.

 

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