Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?'
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Members of Congress, journalists and other notable Washingtonians took to the virtual stage on Monday night for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s (STC) annual “Will on the Hill” performance.

Every year, lawmakers, media personalities and actors put on their costumes and poke fun at the political scene to raise money for the D.C. theater’s arts education programs. STC took the 2020 fundraiser online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This year's performance, “Will on the Hill...or Won’t They?” — written by Nat Cassidy and directed by Samantha Wyer Bello — poked fun at the struggles of conducting a meeting through video call — as if in-person meetings on the Hill weren’t already tough.

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The play followed two fictional senators’ aides: Ronny, played by Gregory Woodell, and Jessica, played by Felicia Curry, who are forced to hide their romantic relationship because they come from different political parties. While their senators, played by Faye Butler and Holly Twyford, bickered about a "Meet the Press" appearance that went wrong, the director attempts to manage another performance without avail.

The virtual show also included lawmakers and actors reciting monologues from various Shakespearean plays.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonSenate to hold hearing on DC statehood bill Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Constitutional scholars say congressional proclamation could make DC a state MORE (D), Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? MORE (D-Del.) and Rep. Andre CarsonAndré CarsonOcasio-Cortez leading effort to block arms sale to Israel House Democrats call for Blinken to pressure Israel to vaccinate Palestinians Democrats debate fast-track for infrastructure package MORE (D-Ind.) recited snippets from "Henry V," while Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSen. Manchin paves way for a telehealth revolution Senate confirms Radhika Fox to lead EPA's water office Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US MORE (R-Miss.) performed part of "Julius Caesar."

The Hill was a media sponsor for the event, in which Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects Trump legal switch hints at larger problems MORE and Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons read lines from "Romeo and Juliet" and "King Lear," respectively.

Among the lawmakers who also showed their online acting chops: Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Suzzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyDemocrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe Tlaib, Democrats slam GOP calls for border oversight to fight opioid crisis Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' MORE (D-Va.), Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchWray grilled on FBI's handling of Jan. 6 Omar feuds with Jewish Democrats Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' MORE (D-Fla.), Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelOmar feuds with Jewish Democrats Democrats fume over silence from DeSantis on Florida election Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings dies at 84 MORE (D-Fla.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyHow ERA is good for the economy Wray suggests limits on FBI social media tracking a 'lesson learned' after Jan. 6 Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show MORE (D-N.Y.), Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Republican Fort Bend County Sheriff wins Texas House seat 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night MORE (R-Texas), Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsOmar feuds with Jewish Democrats Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Democrats plot next move after GOP sinks Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Minn.), Chellie PingreeRochelle (Chellie) PingreeShakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Porter urges increased budget for children's National Parks program EPA administrator: We don't plan to return 'verbatim' to Obama-era water regulation MORE (D-Maine), Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben Raskin House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE (D-Md.), Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaPelosi, Schumer must appoint new commissioners to the CARES Act oversight panel Stephanie Murphy won't run for Senate seat in Florida next year Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job MORE (D-Fla.), Dina TitusAlice (Dina) Costandina TitusHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Lawmakers roll out legislation to defend pipelines against cyber threats MORE (D-Nev.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchShakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Democrats debate shape of new Jan. 6 probe On the Money: Tech giants face rising pressure from shareholder activists | House Democrats urge IRS to reverse Trump-era rule reducing donor disclosure | Sen. Warren, Jamie Dimon spar over overdraft fees at Senate hearing MORE (D-Vt.), as well as Sen. Angus KingAngus KingCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Biden struggles to detail post-withdrawal Afghanistan plans Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE (I-Maine).

Other cast members included United Kingdom Ambassador Karen Pierce, British politician Ian Liddell-Grainger, Marla Allard, the host of public television’s “Relative Speaking,” President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist, "Ugly Betty" actor and recent STC Hamlet Michael Urie, STC Executive Director Chris Jennings, "Clash of the Titans" actor Harry Hamlin, STC affiliated artist Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Broadway actor Andre De Shields, "Rent" actress Tracie Thoms and actors Stacy Keach, Floyd King, Finn Wittrock and Kelley Curran.