UPDATED Video: Protesters Interrupt Public Theater's JULIUS CAESAR on Friday
Two protesters interrupted the Friday night performance of The Public Theater's production of JULIUS CAESAR in Central Park. A woman, Laura Loomer who works for the alt-right website The Rebel stormed the stage mid-show, followed by a shouting man in the audience, Jack Posobiec, whose Twitter profile proclaims him "Author of Citizens for Trump, filmmaker, and recovering political operative. White House correspondent. Veteran. SciFi aesthete. Philly kid." We're told that the performance continued after both were removed, with an enthusiastic standing ovation by the audience as the play was resumed. According to the NY Post, police said the woman was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.
The production concludes its run this weekend.
The Public Theater released a statement after the show from Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director), noting "Two protestors disrupted our show tonight; we stopped the show for less than a minute and our stage manager handled it beautifully. The staff removed the protestors peacefully, and the show resumed with the line 'Liberty! Freedom!' The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued. Free speech for all, but let's not stop the show."
Tonight's production of Julius Caesar interrupted by two protesters. One stormed the stage during assassination scene. pic.twitter.com/K6FWhm4hGG- Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) June 17, 2017
BREAKING: Julius Ceasar Gets SHUTDOWN pic.twitter.com/ITgfMR0tHE- Jack Posobiec ???? (@JackPosobiec) June 17, 2017
Following news that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America, had pulled financial support for The Public Theater in response to their Donald Trump-Themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR New Yorkers showed their support of the Public with a rally that took place yesterday evening at Astor Place. Click here for coverage.
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's play of politics and power, was last seen in the Park 17 years ago. Rome's leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country's democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare's political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.