The Free Shakespeare in the Park Festival was not business as usual this year. With a polarized nation and a president attacking the institutions of the state, especially the press that refuses to praise his lack luster performance, spirits run high across the country. If it were not bad enough that a radical anti-Trump activist went in a despicable act of shooting congressmen training for a charity baseball game, Fox News, in their constant vitriolic approach of creating controversial news, sparked a controversy about the 500 years Shakespeare play. I posted a while ago about the “Julius Caesar” play that happens in the Park, whose last performance was today and recently lost its sponsorship from two major donors, whose executives probably never saw or read the play, or if they read it did not understand it, but they had to play nice to their business model. Money runs this country and elect officials, in a legislated corruption procedure that is called here with the professional name of “lobby”. Meanwhile on the peaceful lawn in front of the Delacorte Theater, fences came up and opposing protests, pro and anti-play, are overlooked by police while in the theater far-right wing activists tried to stop the performance. The circus-theater offered by the President on the daily basis is spilling onto the streets.
A controversial Caesar