Remember when the theater group staged the mock assassination of Barack Obama, and the NYC crowds roared their approval?
Yeah, neither do I…
The Public Theater in New York has received an additional $100,000 grant from the federal government, fresh off its controversy for staging a Julius Caesar production where a Donald Trump lookalike is assassinated.
Just days after controversy over the graphic mock Trump killing began, the National Endowment for the Arts announced its newest round of grants.
The Public Theater received $100,000 for its New York Shakespeare Festival. This time the theater will do performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream….
The NEA denied that any previous funding went to the production of Julius Caesar, but said, “In the past, the New York Shakespeare Festival has received project-based NEA grants to support performances of Shakespeare in the Park by the Public Theater.”….
Corey Stoll, the actor who played Marcus Brutus, defended the play that used a Trump lookalike as “nuanced” art.
The cast was “exhausted and nervous” and left in tears after the play provoked counter protests from Trump supporters who interrupted performances, he said.