The 2017 season of New York City's Shakespeare in the Park debuted its new year on May 23 and their portrayal of "Julius Caesar" comes with a liberal caveat — the character of Julius Caesar, who is stabbed to death on the Senate floor in William Shakespeare's play — is portrayed by a man who is eerily similar-looking to President Donald Trump.
Playbill states that The Public Theater — the troupe responsible for the production — is definitely Trump-inspired.
The Public Theater’s site claims that their new spin on "Julius Caesar" has "never felt more contemporary."
An attendee at Saturday's performance in Central Park addressed the similarities to Trump during an interview with Joe Piscopo on AM 970 The Answer, and said that the character portraying "Caesar" was "just like Trump."
Laura Sheaffer told Mediaite, “The actor playing Caesar was dressed in a business suit, with a royal blue tie, hanging a couple inches below the belt line, with reddish-blond hair — just like Trump.”
“I always go to Shakespeare in the Park, but I wasn’t expecting to see this,” said Sheaffer, who added that "Calpurnia," wife of "Caesar," resembled FLOTUS Melania Trump, complete with a "Slavic accent."
Sheaffer said that during the production, "Caesar" is stabbed to death on the Senate floor as the American flag looms, and that the "full murder" was in graphic detail.
“They had the full murder scene onstage, and blood was spewing everywhere out of his body,” she said. “To be honest I thought it was shocking and distasteful. If this had happened to any other president — even as recently as Barack Obama or George W. Bush — it would not have flown. People would have been horrified.”
Calling it the "on-stage murder of the President of the United States," Sheaffer said that the production had gone too far.
“Kathy Griffin got so much coverage for what she did, everyone was horrified, so why is no one horrified by this, which is essentially the murder of the President of the United States in front of 2,000 people?” Sheaffer asked. “The performance was well done, and the actors did a good job. It was fascinating to see the parallels between the Trump administration and Caesar’s rule, but murdering the president on stage was just too far.”
The character of "Caesar" is portrayed by actor Gregg Henry.