'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 politics
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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 Frederick WickerThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: INOVIO R&D Chief Kate Broderick 'completely confident' world will develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine; GOP boxed in on virus negotiations Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers zero in on Twitter after massive hack | US, UK, Canada allege Russian hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine researchers | Top EU court rules data transfer deal with the US is illegal Lawmakers zero in on Twitter following massive hack 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 Ivan CantorTrump taps pollster to push back on surveys showing Biden with double-digit lead Bottom Line The Democrats' strategy conundrum: a 'movement' or a coalition? 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 LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden says she plans to continue teaching if she becomes first lady Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports 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 Marie BonamiciPelosi, Blumenaur condemn 'egregious abuses of power' by Trump against Oregon protestors Federal agents deployed to Portland did not have training in riot control: NYT US attorney calls for investigation into unmarked federal agents arresting protesters in Oregon MORE (D-Ore.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Jim McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottSondland has 'no intention of resigning,' associate says Three women accuse Gordon Sondland of sexual misconduct Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees MORE (D-Wash.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), 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.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellRevered civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis lies in state in the Capitol House approves Clyburn proposal to rename voting rights bill after John Lewis John Lewis carried across Edmund Pettus Bridge for last time MORE (D-Ala.), Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderAmanda Adkins wins GOP primary to challenge Rep. Sharice Davids Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs 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.