I ♥ THE PUBLIC THEATRE

New York’s Public Theater has posted a statement thanking people for their support online after corporate donors Delta Air Lines and Bank of America pulled their support due to a controversial Trump-inspired production of Julius Caesar. “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we have received around our free production of Julius Caesar,” the statement read. “We continue to be guided by our values of openness, inclusion, and the conviction that in drama and democracy alike, the clash of opposing values leads to truth. The Public Theater has always been — and will remain — of, by, and for the people.”

In a longer statement, the theater stood behind the production and emphasized its nonviolent message.

“The Public Theater stands completely behind our production of Julius Caesar. We understand and respect the right of our sponsors and supporters to allocate their funding in line with their own values. We recognize that our interpretation of the play has provoked heated discussion; audiences, sponsors and supporters have expressed varying viewpoints and opinions. Such discussion is exactly the goal of our civically-engaged theater; this discourse is the basis of a healthy democracy. Our production of Julius Caesar in no way advocates violence towards anyone. Shakespeare’s play, and our production, make the opposite point: those who attempt to defend democracy by undemocratic means pay a terrible price and destroy the very thing they are fighting to save. For over 400 years, Shakespeare’s play has told this story and we are proud to be telling it again in Central Park.”

Now I know who not to fly and where not to bank.

THANKS, Oscar!