Julius Caesar is a political play, one that plumbs the uneasy relationship between power and populism, as well as the conflicts that arise between personal relationships and loyalty to country.
A pair of protesters-apparently scandalized by the political ideas contained in a play not only older than themselves, but also the country they live in and seem to enjoy yelling about-interrupted a performance of Julius Caesar tonight, put on by the New York Public Theater.
Loomer, 24, was arrested for misdemeanor criminal tresspassing and disorderly conduct after rushing the stage during the open-air performance of the play on Friday evening, said a NY police spokesman.
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Show officials announce that the show would pause as they tried to get Loomer off of the stage. You are all inciting terrorists! "The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands". Posobiec also referenced this week's mass-shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, which left five people injured, including the House Majority Whip. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, had a history of domestic violence.
On Friday night, the show was disrupted by protesters, and one woman, who goes by the name Laura Loomer, made a Periscope video of herself temporarily halting the production. (It's here I'll note that Posobiec has been granted White House press credentials.) We did roar with applause, however, after his ouster, when the disembodied voice of the stage manager came over the intercome with the ideal cue, pointing the cast to the line that comes right after the dying Caesar's "Et tu, Brute?": "Actors, please, let's start up at 'Liberty!" Laura Loomer now works for an alt-right website and was rushing the stage following the reports of the use of Trump as the Caeser character. She was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. And anything to do with Donald Trump usually sends either side into a fighting match. As in every production of the play in the 418 years since it debuted, just as happened in 44BC, Caesar is assassinated. The staff removed the protesters peacefully, and the show resumed with the line "Liberty!" I'm guessing she'd assumed members of the liberal NY crowd would all be laughing and high-fiving and clinking champagne flutes at the fictional death of the fictional Trump, and that she'd timed her outburst for maximum buzzkill. "Freedom!" The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued.
"While we are champions of the first amendment, this interruption unfortunately was part of a paid strategy driven by social media", it said on Twitter.
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The Public Theater, which is staging the play in Central Park, has responded to the criticism by saying the production is valid artistic expression in keeping with a long tradition of William Shakespeare adaptations.
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