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 NortonRecord number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 Lawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states MORE (D), Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Del.) and Rep. Andre CarsonAndré CarsonCedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Lawmakers set for tearful goodbye to John Lewis MORE (D-Ind.) recited snippets from "Henry V," while Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Republicans start turning the page on Trump era The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states 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 Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Election Day has arrived Law enforcement braces for unrest after Election Day The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association -Trump enters debate week after NYT obtains his tax returns 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 ConnollyThis week: Congress races to wrap work for the year GSA offers to brief Congress next week on presidential transition Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump MORE (D-Va.), Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchOvernight Health Care: CDC panel recommends who gets vaccine first | McConnell offering new relief bill | Hahn downplays White House meeting on vaccines Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum MORE (D-Fla.), Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelFrankel defeats Loomer in Florida House race Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' MORE (D-Fla.), Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyAnonymous shell companies fund crime and terror; it's time to crack down This week: Congress races to wrap work for the year House Democrats subpoena private prison operator in forced hysterectomy case MORE (D-N.Y.), Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonRepublican Fort Bend County Sheriff wins Texas House seat 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night Democrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade MORE (R-Texas), Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsChamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night If we want change, young people have to do more than protest Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking MORE (D-Minn.), Chellie PingreeRochelle (Chellie) PingreeFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden leads Trump by 11 points in Maine: survey Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' MORE (D-Maine), Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDemocrats debate fate of Trump probes if Biden wins Congress must repeal tax breaks for the wealthy passed in CARES Act COVID-19 and the problem of presidential succession MORE (D-Md.), Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaDemocratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet MORE (D-Fla.), Dina TitusAlice (Dina) Costandina TitusCoordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Safe, responsible casino gaming supports state economies at crucial time MORE (D-Nev.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchDemocrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary MORE (D-Vt.), as well as Sen. Angus KingAngus KingLeadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns Top cybersecurity official ousted by Trump Republicans start turning the page on Trump era 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.