Theater refuses to buckle after ‘Caesar’ Trump criticism

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.”

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