Thursday 22 February 2018

Emailers insult wrong theatre with anger at Trump-like Caesar

The cast of Julius Caesar in New York. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theatre/AP)
The cast of Julius Caesar in New York. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theatre/AP)
The production came under fire from Trump supporters.

A Massachusetts Shakespeare company has found itself on the receiving end of some vicious emails from people angry about a production of Julius Caesar in which a Donald Trump-like character gets assassinated.

The problem is that Shakespeare & Company in Lenox had nothing to do with The Public Theatre of New York's production that ended last weekend.

Allyn Burrows, artistic director at Shakespeare & Company, says the dozens of emails are hostile, abusive and filled with profanity.

They started arriving when two major sponsors pulled their support of the New York version of the Shakespeare play.

Shakespeare & Company has not reported the nasty notes to police.

Instead it sent a dignified response explaining the importance of artistic freedom, pointing out the error and suggesting ways to learn more about the play.

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