What’s the brouhaha all about? According to AP reporter Mark Kennedy, the Julius Caesar character looks an awful lot like President Trump and his wife just happens to be a “pouty Slavic.” In the play Caesar gets brutally stabbed to death. “Trump’s name was never mentioned but backlash was swift,” says Kennedy. NY Daily News has the story:
The Public Theater is refusing to back down after backlash over its production of “Julius Caesar” that portrays a Donald Trump-like dictator in a business suit with a long tie who gets knifed to death onstage.
Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have pulled their sponsorship of the Public’s version of the play, but in a statement Monday the theater said it stands behind the production. It noted its staging has “provoked heated discussion” but “such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically-engaged theater; this discourse is the basis of a healthy democracy.”