Protesters Interrupt Trump-Inspired ‘Julius Caesar’ Theater Production

Protesters Interrupt Trump-Inspired ‘Julius Caesar’ Theater ProductionThe Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 16, 2017 | Jennifer Konerman Posted on 6/16/2017, 11:23:40 PM by 2ndDivisionVetThe production was accused of promoting violence against the right as the contemporary take includes a bloody assassination of the main character modeled after the president.Two protesters interrupted a controversial production of Julius Caesar on Friday, which features a Trump-like character in the role of Caesar, currently being put on by New York’s Public Theater.”Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable,” one protester yelled as she walked toward the stage, according to video she posted to Periscope. Security was called as the second protester yelled at the crowd, calling them “Nazis” and accusing members of the crowd of being like Joseph Goebbels. A New York Police Department official confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a 24-year-old female protester was arrested and is currently in custody with charges pending.The play, which runs through Sunday at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre, tells the story of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar but with contemporary costumes and its main character, played by Gregg Henry, sporting yellow hair, a Trump-style suit and long red tie. This version of the play, directed by the Public Theater’s artistic director Oskar Eustis, also includes the character’s assassination but this time it’s the Trump figure who dies.”Shame on Kathy Griffin and shame on all of you for promoting political violence against Donald Trump,” she was heard yelling as she was led away. The two protesters posted their own videos of the event live online, and viewers in the audience captured the incident as well.Though Delta and Bank of America this week pulled their sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater because of the controversy surrounding the production, Actors’ Equity Association remains supportive of the show.Delta said that the play “crossed the line on the standards of good taste” and that the play “does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” while Bank of America said it pulled its support as the play “was intended to provoke and offend,” an intention that the company was not aware of.Several Hollywood figures, including Beau Willimon, Carrie Coon and Amber Tamblyn, have voiced their support for the play, as American Express distanced itself in a statement this week from the production, but kept its sponsorship of the Public Theater.

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