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WILL ON THE HILL, THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY’S ANNUAL BIPARTISAN COMEDIC EVENT, RETURNS
Washington, D.C. — Shakespeare Theatre Company will once again welcome Members of Congress and distinguished Washington influencers onto its stage to perform in Will on the Hill, a lively show infused with comedic references to contemporary politics. Now in its fifteenth year, the much-loved bipartisan event for theatre and political fans alike will return to STC on Monday, June 17 at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) at 7:30 p.m.
Written by Peter Byrne with assistance from D.C.’s West Wing Writers, the event will be directed by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul and will star 18 Members of Congress, 29 notable Washingtonians and actors Maulik Pancholy, best known for playing Alec Baldwin’s intrepid assistant Jonathan on the classic NBC comedy 30 Rock and Turn: Washington’s Spies, star Ian Kahn.
“As we saw during last year’s Presidential campaign, politics is often a theatrical experience. So it is appropriate that some of the nation’s well-known political faces are so willing to tread the boards to showcase their acting skills and poke fun at themselves and the political landscape,” said STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn.
Proceeds from this event support STC’s many education, artistic and community engagement programs, including in-school workshops and educational resources that inspire new and diverse audiences and deepen the connection to classical theatre in learners of all ages.
About the Cast
The lead role will be played by 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy. The NBC show garnered 80 awards and 310 nominations. He is also widely recognized for playing Sanjay over six seasons of the Showtime hit series Weeds, created by Emmy Award-winner Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black). He played Katherina in STC’s The Taming of The Shrew in 2016. Rounding out the cast are British Ambassador to the U.S. The Honorable Kim Darroch and many Members of Congress including Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representatives Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Daniel M. Donovan (R-NY), Jim Himes (D-CT), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Jared Polis (D-CO), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Darren Soto (D-FL), Dina Titus (D-NV), Michael Turner (R-OH) and Peter Welch (D-VT). Other illustrious cast members include Wa’el Alzayat (Executive Director, EmergeUSA), Jess Bravin (Supreme Court correspondent, The Wall Street Journal), Linda Chavez (Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity), Maggie Coons, Bob Cusack (Editor in Chief, The Hill), Johanna Derlega (Publisher, The Hill), Karen Dunn (Partner at Bois, Schiller, & Flexner LLP, consultant for House of Cards), Taegan Goddard (Publisher, Political Wire), Richard Haas (President of the Council on Foreign Relations), Rick Klein (Political Director, ABC News), Maria Teresa Kumar (President, Voto Latino), Dana Milbank (Columnist, The Washington Post), Erica Moody (Deputy Editor, Washington Life), Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform), Hilary Rosen (Partner and Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker), Rina Shah (Political consultant at Run with Rina), Pamela Lynne Sorensen (Pamela’s Punch), and Crystal Wright (Communications consultant at Baker Wright Group).
* Cast members subject to change.
About Met by Moonlight:
Summer has come to Washington, and that can mean only one thing: Everyone’s looking to get out of town for the season. The D.C. heat has everybody scrambling for the exits—politicians, bureaucrats, ambassadors and support staff are all headed for cooler climates. But when a series of closures shuts off all normal means of escape, the Washingtonians take to their feet, and head through the woods outside the city. Little do they expect that the Shakespearean fairy, Oberon and his trusty sprite, Puck, have decided to spend their summer in this same forest, and the King of Fairyland is none-too-pleased to find the woods crowded with mortals. What follows is a series of encounters between Washingtonians and supernatural beings with an impish sense of humor, and perhaps a lesson or two for both parties.
A select number of performance-only tickets to this popular event are available online at www.shakespearetheatre.org/support/special-events/will-on-the-hill/ for $50. VIP tickets are available for purchase, and include a pre-performance cocktail reception and a buffet dinner with the opportunity to meet and dine with members of the cast and event sponsors. VIP tickets can be purchased for $250 by emailing WillontheHill@ShakespeareTheatre.org.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PRESS TICKETS:
Due to the popularity of this event, press tickets are extremely limited. Press wishing to cover the event should contact the Press Department for more information at Press@ShakespeareTheatre.org. Please note: a press inquiry does not guarantee a ticket. Ticket holders will receive confirmation from STC’s Publicist.
Please note: The Shakespeare Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Company does not retain or employ registered lobbyists or foreign agents.
WILL ON THE HILL COMMITTEE
Bernie McKay, Co-Chair, Intuit
Karishma Page, Co-Chair, K&L Gates
Nick Allard, Past Chairman, Dentons
Janet Boyd, The Dow Chemical Company
Peter Cherurkuri, 1776
Carol Danko, SIFMA
The Honorable Tom Davis, Past Chairman, Deloitte, LLP
Michelle Dimarob, Altria Group
Gloria Story Dittus, Story Partners
John Howes, Computer & Communications Industry Association
Jerry Jasinowski, Business Consultant, Former President of NAM
Karen Kuhlman, United Air
Andy Navarrete, Capital One
Steve Ryan, Past Chairman, McDermott, Will & Emery
Bill Signer, The Carmen Group
June Silverberg, Silverberg Associates
Julie Slocum, Wells Fargo & Co
Rob Smith, Venable, LLP
Elizabeth Varley, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Katie Vlietstra, National Association for the Self-Employed
Rich Whiting, Past Chairman, American Association of Bank Directors
Jonathan Yarowsky, WilmerHale
SUPPORT FOR WILL ON THE HILL
Will on the Hill is made possible in part by its Executive Sponsors: Intuit, Inc.; McDermott Will & Emery; Director Sponsors: Altria Group; Brown-Forman Corporation; Capital One; Hogan Lovells LLP; Humana; Stephen and Lisa Ryan; WilmerHale; Producer Sponsors: Aflac; Nick and Marla Allard; Computer & Communications Industry Association; Cozen O’ Connor; Debbie Driesman and Frank Islam; K&L Gates LLP; Nissan; Sovereign Strategy Limited; Visa Inc.; Vulcan Materials Company; Jonathan and Lynn Yarowsky; Patron Sponsors: Alston + Bird LLP; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Ernst & Young LLP; H&R Block; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals; Gail and Jeff MacKinnon; Oracle America Corporation; Story Partners; Wells Fargo; Whirlpool Corporation; Benefactor Sponsors: American Legislative Exchange Council; Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC; FTI Consulting; Alice and John Goodman; Greenberg Traurig LLP; National Association of Realtors; National Multifamily Housing Council; Navigators Global; The OB-C Group LLC; Software and Information Industry Association; The Smith Free Group LLC; United Airlines; Supporter Sponsors: Ameresco; Grant Thornton LLP; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Jerry and Isabel Jasinowski; Karishma and Jonathan Page; Washington Resource Associates; and Media Partner: The Hill.