by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
You may have thought liberal artists got the message after the price Kathy Griffin paid for her display of a bloody, severed “head” of President Donald J. Trump.
You would have thought wrong.
Because producers of NYC’s famed “Shakespeare in the Park” series just put on a play portraying the brutal and bloody assassination of Trump, according to Mediaite.
In Central Park, the Public Theater this year launched on May 23 with a performance of Julius Caesar.
However, there’s a major alteration to the title character this year. Caesar, who is brutally stabbed and murdered in cold blood in the play, has been swapped out with an actor dressed in attire to bear strong resemblance to President Donald Trump.
The play was purposely chosen this year to compare the murdered Roman dictator with Trump. A description of the play on the Public Theater’s website states that the Trump-inspired take on the classic political drama “has never felt more contemporary.”
— Playbill (@playbill) May 30, 2017
They describe the Trump-imaged Caesar as “magnetic, populist, irreverent,” and “bent on absolute power.”
They also portray people who would kill Caesar (Trump) as “patriots.”
“A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him.”
In the play, which is directed by Oskar Eustis, a group of conspirators stab Caesar (Trump) to death on the Senate floor. In the explicit scene, the Trumpian Caesar is attacked by the Senators and stabbed to death with blood spurting everywhere as an American flag hovers overhead.
“The actor playing Caesar was dressed in a business suit, with a royal blue tie, hanging a couple inches below the belt line, with reddish-blonde hair — just like Trump,” Laura Sheaffer, a sales manager at Salem Media, told Mediaite.
“I always go to Shakespeare in the park, but I wasn’t expecting to see this. They had the full murder scene onstage, and blood was spewing everywhere out of his body.”
According to Sheaffer, the actress playing Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, bore a striking resemblance to first lady Melania Trump. A “slavic accent” has even been added by the actress playing the character, as she warns (Trump) she fears for his death after a nightmare.
Sheaffer said the overall play makes a “mockery of the office of the President.”
“To be honest I thought it was shocking and distasteful,” Sheaffer continued. “If this had happened to any other president — even as recently as Barack Obama or George W. Bush — it would not have flown. People would have been horrified. I mean it was the on-stage murder of the president of the United States.”
Sheaffer pointed out that the play ends with characters celebrating the death of Caesar (Trump). “The message it sent was that if you don’t support the president, it’s ok to assassinate him. I don’t love President Trump, but he’s the president. You can’t assassinate him on a stage.”
“Kathy Griffin got so much coverage for what she did, everyone was horrified, so why is no one horrified by this, which is essentially the murder of the President of the United States in front of 2,000 people?” Sheaffer said.