Delta Airlines announced that they are no longer sponsoring New York City’s nonprofit Public Theater after the theater depicted the murder of President Donald Trump.
The Wrap reported:
“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,” the company said in a statement, ending a four-year-old sponsorship.
“Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste. We have notified them of our decision to end our sponsorship as the official airline of The Public Theater effective immediately.”
A rep for the Public Theater did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The production, directed by Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis, began performances on May 23 and is due to open officially on Monday — but it has drawn widespread attention for its ripped-from-the-headlines approach to the Bard’s tragedy.
Gregg Henry plays the title character as a Trump stand-in, complete with blond hair, an overlong necktie and a tendency toward verbal bluster — while blond and model-perfect Tina Benko uses a Slavic accent as his wife, Calpurnia.
And the assassination — foretold by a soothsayer wearing an Anonymous-style Guy Fawkes mask — is a bloody climax of the production with lots of stage blood deployed.
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