Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted criticism, questioning whether the work was taxpayer-funded, and corporate donors Delta Air Lines and Bank of America made national headlines when they announced that they would withdraw their financial support from the theater.
"No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar' at this summer's Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines' values," Delta said in tweets Sunday.
But there was no such backlash in 2012, when a collaboration between the Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis -- which also received financial backing from Delta -- mounted a contemporary remake of "Julius Caesar" in which the title character appeared to reference President Barack Obama. Caesar's character, of course, is brutally slain in the play.
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