Lawmakers, media serve up laughs at annual 'Will on the Hill'

Big names from Capitol Hill, the media world and the stage gathered Monday night for the Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual performance of "Will on the Hill."

D.C. notables put their acting chops on show, delivering laughs and poking fun at the current political scene to raise money for arts education.

This year's performance was entitled "My Kingdom for a Farce," written by Michael Trottier, with help from Jeff Nussbaum, Brian Agler, and Patrick Ross from West Wing Writers. The show mixed Shakespeare and politics through the story of a bumbling campaign manager named Rich.

The event was a bipartisan affair, with playful hits directed at both Republicans and Democrats.

“The name’s Rich. Hi, I’m the campaign manager around here, and like the DCCC, I have no idea what I’m doing!” said actor Ken Clark, a star of numerous professional stage productions, including “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” on Broadway.

Rich was one of the many colorful characters in the show, which saw him enlist two allies, "C and T," who represented Shakespeare's most famous comedic and tragic characters. There were bumps on the road for the campaign and while C and T did their best to avoid catastrophe, Rich couldn't hide his complete lack of competence.

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“None of you would leak this soliloquy to The Post, would you?” Clark joked with the audience at one point.

Different Shakespearean characters appeared throughout the performance to deliver punch lines that drew laughs and cheers from the audience.

Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Bill Gates visits Capitol to discuss climate change with new Senate caucus The Memo: ISIS leader's death is no game-changer for Trump MORE (D-Del.) played Macbeth and delivered a shot at the Clintons, telling the audience: "My marriage inspired Bill and Hillary.”

One twist involved Rich having to deal with a group of conspiracy theorists jokingly called "the Truthbusters."

Gregory Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, played Coriolanus from the Shakespearean tragedy, who suggested dealing with the Truthbusters with a trial by combat. Angelo as Coriolanus said the team needed to "make stabbing great again," and donned a plain red baseball cap for the rest of the show.

Of course, the night would not have been complete without praise for the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

“I mean, you can still battle knights — just last Thursday we obliterated some knights from Las Vegas,” said "T," played by Shakespeare Theatre Company actress Victoria Frings, drawing loud cheers from the audience.

And the laughs paid off, with the Shakespeare Theatre Company raising $500,000.

The Hill was a media sponsor for the annual event, which also saw Editor in Chief Bob Cusack take the stage, teamed up with Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy Elijah Cummings, native son of Baltimore, gets emotional send-off from Democratic luminaries Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' MORE (R-Calif.) as "the investigators."

Other lawmakers performing included Reps. Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Marie BonamiciOvernight Energy: Democrats call for Ross to resign over report he threatened NOAA officials | Commerce denies report | Documents detail plan to decentralize BLM | Lawmakers demand answers on bee-killing pesticide Oregon Democrats push EPA to justify use of pesticide 'highly toxic' to bees House lawmakers introduce bill to help those struggling with student debt MORE (D-Ore.), Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation House to hold public impeachment hearings next week MORE (D-Va.), as well as former Reps. Jeff MillerJefferson (Jeff) Bingham MillerPlight of whistleblowers at VA has gotten worse VA might not be able to end veteran homelessness, but we shouldn't stop trying Suicide prevention remains a top national priority for the VA MORE (R-Fla.) and Jim MoranJames (Jim) Patrick MoranLawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show Star-studded cast to perform play based on Mueller report DC theatre to host 11-hour reading of the Mueller report MORE (D-Va.). Also featured were Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes Norton'Squad' members recruit Raskin to run for Oversight gavel Lawmakers wager local booze, favorite foods in World Series bets Hawley, Blackburn push bill to move most federal agencies out of DC MORE (D-D.C.) and Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Pay America's Coast Guard Graham predicts controversial Trump court picks will clear panel MORE (R-Miss).

Other stars on stage included Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics Overnight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule MORE, who is Interior secretary, D.C. Councilmember At-Large Robert C. White, Jr., Marla Allard, the host of public television's "Relatively Speaking," CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash, Overseas Private Investment Corporation CEO David Bohigian, CEO of Christie Strategies Ron Christie, editor at large of The Atlantic Steve Clemons, performer Maggie Coons, John Feehery of EFB Advocacy, "West Wing" actress Melissa Fitzgerald, President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business Christina Sevilla, Deputy Managing Editor at The Weekly Standard Kelly Jane Torrance and actor Heath Saunders.

This story was corrected on June 14 at 2:07 p.m.