Wednesday June 14, 2017

A Shakespearean take on Trump is causing controversy in New York

A New York Public Theatre production of Julius Caesar is stirring up controversy over its depiction of Donald Trump as the play's protagonist.

A New York Public Theatre production of Julius Caesar is stirring up controversy over its depiction of Donald Trump as the play's protagonist. (The Public Theatre/Instagram)

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This year, the New York Public Theatre is staging Julius Caesar in Central Park. In the play, as some of us may know, Caesar gets assassinated. That's nothing new, but in this particular production, Julius Caesar looks a lot like Donald Trump.

As you can imagine, that's not sitting well with some people and it has some major donors pulling money out of the theatre. 

Michael Schulman is the theatre editor for New Yorker Magazine's Goings On About Town section. Today, he speaks to Tom Power about this latest controversy. 

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