Despite having sponsors pulling their funding for their “Julius Caesar” play, the Public Theater publicly stated they stand behind the production that depicts a Trump-lookalike being assassinated in the same vein as Julius Caesar.
On Twitter, the Public Theater released the following statement:
— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) June 12, 2017
In another statement they provided to CNN, they further stated they understand how the play would provoke controversy. “We recognize that our interpretation of the play has provoked heated discussion; audiences, sponsors and supporters have expressed varying viewpoints and opinions,” the statement said.
They claim the buzz around the “assassination” was part of their goal to start a dialogue: “Such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically-engaged theater; this discourse is the basis of a healthy democracy.”
So far, both Delta and Bank of America have ceased their funding to the Public Theater after it was brought to their attention.
American Express had to clarify their funding, saying their money does not go toward Shakespeare in the Park, and they too do not condone the play.
A Statement from American Express: pic.twitter.com/Ig0Ju3B2dP
— American Express (@AmericanExpress) June 12, 2017