Members of Congress and Distinguished Washington Insiders Take the Stage,
Featuring Special Guests Reg E. Cathey and STC Affiliated Artist Tom Story
On Monday, June 13, 2016, Will on the Hill, a favorite bipartisan event of theatre and political fans alike, returns to the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Now in its fourteenth year, this year’s event features a performance of Heavy Lies the Head, an original play by Peter Byrne, directed by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul. The cast will include special guest performers, Reg E. Cathey, known for his role in House of Cards, and STC Affiliated Artist Tom Story.
The annual Will on the Hill event welcomes Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and distinguished Washington influencers onto the Shakespeare Theatre Company stage to perform a political satire infused with Shakespearean language and references. The event pays tribute to the unique dynamic of our city and provides a wonderful way to engage new audiences. Proceeds from this event support STC’s many education, artistic and community engagement programs including in-school workshops and online learning resources that inspire new and diverse audiences and deepen the connection to classical theatre in learners of all ages. Will on the Hill will take place in Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW), and begins with a VIP cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m., and a buffet dinner immediately after the performance.
This year’s cast for Will on the Hill includes guest actors Reg E. Cathey and Tom Story. Cathey is a TV and stage actor, best known for his Emmy-winning role as Freddy on the hit Netflix series House of Cards. He has also been featured in such films as 2015’s The Fantastic Four, as well as Se7en, The Machinist, and numerous television shows including The Wire, Lights Out and the new Cinemax series Outcast. Story is a veteran of the DC theatre scene and has been seen on nearly every stage in Washington. He is an STC Affiliated Artist, and is currently playing Hortensio in STC’s production of The Taming of the Shrew.
In addition to Heavy Lies the Head, the evening includes a performance from students in Text Alive!, a free arts integration program offered by STC to D.C. area schools, which teaches Shakespeare’s plays through performance and adaptation. This year, students from Westfield High School will perform a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
About Heavy Lies the Head: Washington, D.C. is in crisis (more so than usual)! A vital member of the government has suddenly resigned, and someone has to fill the office, immediately. But the job’s notoriously hard and thankless—no one wants it. Worse still, the resignation comes on the night of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Annual Fundraiser. All the potential candidates are gathered at the Harman, in costume and with Shakespearean quips at the ready. It’s up to a couple of aides—one Democrat, one Republican—to find a candidate who can do the job and, even harder, who will accept the job. They’ll have to wade through a lot of iambic pentameter to get there…
Many members of Congress will take the STC stage, including Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Daniel M. Donovan (R-NY), Janice Hahn (D-CA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Scott Peters (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Dina Titus (D-NV), Mike Turner (R-OH), Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Ryan Zinke (R-MT).
Other illustrious cast members include The Honorable Kim Darroch (British Ambassador to the United States), Marla Allard, Linda Chavez (Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity), Maggie Coons, Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform), Christina Sevilla (Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President), and members of the media, including Steve Clemons (Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, National Journal, Quartz), Bob Cusack (Editor in Chief, The Hill), Johanna Derlega (Publisher, The Hill), Rich Edson (Fox News), John Feehery (Pundit, The Feehery Theory), Chris Geidner (Legal Editor, Buzzfeed), Melinda Henneberger (Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call), Rick Klein (Political Director, ABC News), Ian Millhiser (Center for American Progress), Megan Murphy (Washington Bureau Chief, Bloomberg), Tom Rogan (Tom Rogan Thinks), Kristen Soltis Anderson (Pundit, Co-Founder, Echelon Insights), Jamil Smith (MTV News), Pamela Lynne Sorensen (Pamela’s Punch), Michael Steele (Political Analyst, MSNBC) and Kelly Jane Torrance (Deputy Managing Editor, The Weekly Standard).
The Honorary Co-Chairs for the event are U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
* Cast members subject to change.
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.