Caesar show will go on, vows theatre
New York's Public Theatre is refusing to back down over its production of 'Julius Caesar' that portrays a Donald Trump-like dictator in a business suit who gets stabbed to death on stage.
Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have pulled their sponsorship of the play, but in a statement the theatre said it stood behind the production.
It said its staging "provoked heated discussion" but "such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically engaged theatre; this discourse is the basis of a healthy democracy". The play's director, Oskar Eustis, said neither Shakespeare nor the non-profit Public Theatre could "possibly advocate violence as a solution to political problems, and certainly not assassination".
The modern-day Caesar's violent death at the hands of conspirators comes not long after comedian Kathy Griffin was widely condemned for posing for a photograph in which she gripped a bloodied rendering of the US president's head.
On Sunday, Donald Trump Jr retweeted a Fox News story about the play and wrote: "I wonder how much of this 'art' is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does 'art' become political speech and does that change things?" (AP)