‘Julius Caesar’ play disrupted again by pro-Trump protesters

June 19, 2017 9:29 am Last Updated: June 19, 2017 10:50 am

Another protester disrupted a showing of Shakespeare in the Park’s “Julius Caesar,” a modern take on the classic drama that shows a President Donald Trump-like “Ceasar” being assassinated.

Several companies pulled financial support for the play last week amid public outcry over its political overtones.

Javanni Valle, 26, of Brooklyn, and Salvatore Cipolla, 28, were arrested on Sunday night for trespassing and disorderly conduct after disrupting the play, The New York Post reported.

They yelled, “Liberal hate kills!”

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On Friday, Laura Loomer, a right-wing journalist, was live-streamed rushing onto the stage, shouting,”Stop the normalization of political violence against the right! This is unacceptable. You cannot promote this type of violence against Donald Trump!”

“This is violence against the right. This is violence against Donald Trump” she said to a temporarily stunned audience. 

“Stop the violence!” she continued as she was apprehended by security staff. “New York Public Theater is ISIS!” she shouted to boos from the crowd. 

Loomer was arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.

“During the show a guy jumped on stage, had on fake camera glasses, calling everyone Goebbles and Nazis and he was tackled and [taken] out,” recalled local man Damion, who saw the play.

“During the Senate stabbing, a big guy jumped on the stage with a beard,” he added via The Post. “They grabbed him right away. He was saying, ‘I’m tired of this [expletive],’ as they were taking him away.”


Delta Air Lines Inc and Bank of America Corp pulled financial support last Sunday for the production, Reuters reported.

Delta said in a statement on Sunday that the Public Theater’s “artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste” and that it was ending its four-year run as official airline of the Public Theater.

Bank of America, which has sponsored Shakespeare in the Park for 11 years, is withdrawing funding for “Julius Caesar,” a spokeswoman for the bank said. The bank did not address whether it would keep supporting other Shakespeare in the Park productions.

Reuters contributed to this report.