'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 WickerNet neutrality fight descends into trench warfare Ryan praises FCC chief's plans to roll back net neutrality FCC head unveils plan to roll back net neutrality 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 CantorTrump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule 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 ObamaHollywood, DC come together for First Amendment-themed VIP party Capitol File partygoers praise low-key start to correspondents’ dinner weekend USDA to ease school meal standards 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 BonamiciA guide to the committees: House Liberal Dems warn against narrow focus on rural or coastal voters 'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 election MORE (D-Ore.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Jim McDermottJim McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ MORE (D-Wash.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Jim MoranJim MoranFormer GOP House veterans panel chairman goes to K Street Former reps: Increase support to Ukraine to deter Russia GOP Rep. Comstock holds on to Virginia House seat MORE (D-Va.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Terri SewellTerri SewellA guide to the committees: House CBC to Trump: Keep Richard Cordray, ensure the protection of American consumers WHIP LIST: More than 60 Dems boycotting Trump's inauguration MORE (D-Ala.), Kevin YoderKevin YoderThe Hill's Whip List: 21 GOP no votes on new ObamaCare replacement bill GOP faces backlash over attack on internet privacy rules Vulnerable Republicans feel the heat on ObamaCare replacement bill 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.