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.


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 NortonBiden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure Duckworth, Norton call for improved accessibility for the blind at FDR memorial OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden returns to Obama-era greenhouse gas calculation | House passes major public lands package | Biden administration won't defend Trump-era relaxation of bird protections MORE (D), Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBipartisan group of senators introduces bill to rein in Biden's war powers Democrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda Khashoggi fiancée: Not punishing Saudi crown prince would be 'stain on our humanity' MORE (D-Del.) and Rep. Andre CarsonAndré CarsonCongressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins MORE (D-Ind.) recited snippets from "Henry V," while Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats reintroduce road map to carbon neutrality by 2050 | Kerry presses oil companies to tackle climate change | Biden delays transfer of sacred lands for copper mine Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Overnight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March 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) CusackTrump legal switch hints at larger problems The Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today Incoming lawmakers stress coronavirus relief, economy as first priority of new session MORE and Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons read lines from "Romeo and Juliet" and "King Lear," respectively.

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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.