Politicians Act! “Will on the Hill” Returns to DC’s Shakespeare Theatre

Yay! A non-violent Republican! Doing Shakespeare!

Last year, it was NBC’s Chuck Todd getting his theater groove on. This year, it’s a new cavalcade of political figures participating in one of the more innovative stage experiences in Washington, D.C.

(Presumably there won’t be any right-wing violence to turn this year’s festivity from The Play’s The Thing! into Titus Andronicus!)

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Courtesy of publicist Lindsay Mady, here is the 411:

Politicians and Media Personalities
Take the Stage in
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s
Will on the Hill
on April 26, 2010

Politicians and news reporters performing a modern-day Shakespeare production? Only in Washington can you see that live on stage! At the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Will on the Hill performance, Washington insiders, members of Congress and media personalities will take the stage to perform scenes from Shakespeare infused with comedic references to contemporary politics. This year’s production, The Play’s the Thing!, written by Peter Byrne and directed by STC Associate Artistic Director David Muse, will be held on Mon., Apr. 26, 2010, at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW). The production shows the President’s Cabinet and staff using the works of his favorite author — Shakespeare, of course — to inspire him as he prepares for his State of the Union Address.

This year, STC is pleased to welcome film and television star Peter Jacobson to the cast. Mr. Jacobson currently stars in the hit Fox series House as Chris Taub. Jacobson played Jimmy in the Academy Award-nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck and can also be seen on Law & Order, Scrubs, CSI: Miami, The Lost Room, The Starter Wife, Transformers and The Midnight Meat Train.

Joining Mr. Jacobson in the cast are Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), Representatives Brian Baird (D-WA), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Jane Harman (D-CA), Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). The cast will also include: Gina Adams (FedEx), Matt Frei (BBC America), Dr. Natwar Gandhi (DC CFO), Major Garrett (FOX News Channel), Hugo Gurdon (The Hill), Steve Roberts (George Washington University) and Nina Totenberg (NPR).

Proceeds from Will on the Hill benefit STC’s education, artistic and community outreach programs.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company is committed to introducing new and varied audiences to the universality of classical theatre while serving the community through extensive and innovative educational programs. Student programs like Text Alive! and SHAKESPEARIENCE provide area school students the opportunity to experience the art of live theatre for free. In addition, ShakesPEERS invites underserved teens from Southeast D.C. to work with playwriting, theatre games and in performance, giving them resources to develop new skills and build self-confidence while exploring their creative voices.

Will on the Hill festivities begin with cocktails at 6:30pm followed by the performance at 7:30pm. A buffet dinner reception will be held immediately following the performance.

Tickets for the reception, performance and dinner are $250; tickets for the performance only are $50 and $40 tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. Sponsorship opportunities, which include tickets to Will on the Hill, are available starting at the $1,000 level. For more information please call 202-547-3230 x2712 or email WillontheHill@ShakespeareTheatre.org.

Press wishing to attend this event should contact Lindsay Mady at 202.547.3230 ext. 2336 or e-mail press@ShakespeareTheatre.org.