Skip to comments.Protesters Interrupt Trump-Inspired 'Julius Caesar' Theater Production
Posted on 06/16/2017 8:23:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The 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.
This needs to take place every night this filthy play runs!!!
The New York Post coverage was horrible, going out of its way to label one of the as Alt-right and the other at a conspiracy theorist. When do they have take such pains when left wing radical protesters interrupt and event?
A new angle. Conservatives fighting back.
Who knows? Maybe this will begin a whole new trend.
I’m ready to join.
I support the intent and purpose and sentiment of the protesters, but do not support their resort to law-breaking. If conservatives support “the rule of law,” shouldn’t we obey it?
It can if you call their box office and tie up their phones. And I agree, I hope others in proximity of this play will show up and disrupt it.
Wish I could be there...but I will just have to keep calling their box office.
Phone: (212) 539-8500
If the New York Post is absolutely fine and dandy with a President being “Assassinated” perhaps there should be a play made where Barack Obama gets stabbed to death..come on, I love a good piece of art..how about some celebrity showing Obama’s head being chopped off ISIS style..we all love art let’s see that
Why are you asking me?
Totally agree with you.
Thrilled to see this backlash against this despicable depravity and hope it continues.
However, our side must not engage in physical violence, property damage, etc.
“This version of the play, directed by the Public Theater’s artistic director Oskar Eustis, “
Remember that name.
Turning the playbook around.
The fake news spin tomorrow will be interesting.
Absolutely agree!!! i am in NY and would be more than happy top join Freepers one night to attend and pull of a louder protest with more people...Freep mail me if we can get a group!!!
This is the most fun I’ve had with youtube since the “Bill Clinton is a rapist” protesters.
It would actually be more effective if it were Hillary rather than Obama.I think so anyhow.
God bless you
Where can I donate for her bond? That was a very BRAVE thing to do.
But don’t go getting yourself arrested
How about just wearing a t-shirt: “Don’t shoot me! I voted Democrat!”
There will be plenty of work for us if the Swamp tries to execute a coup against President Trump, and remove him with phony charges.
"There is no law in McMinn County"
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