Two more protesters disrupted the Public Theater’s controversial performance of “Julius Caesar” Sunday night.
A man in dark pants, a blazer and glasses, identified as 26-year-old Jovanni Valle of Brooklyn, jumped on stage during the first act of the Shakespeare play, shouting “Liberal hate kills” and “Goebbels would be proud,” referring to the minister of propaganda under Adolf Hitler’s rule of Nazi Germany. Valle was quickly pulled away by security.
About 20 minutes later, 28-year-old Salvatore Cipolla also jumped on stage shouting “Goebbels would be proud.”
A Twitter profile under the same name shows a meme based on the 1989 video game Bad Dudes. The altered text reads “The President has been stabbed by leftists. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the President?”
Pro-Trump protester storms stage at ‘Julius Caesar’ performance
Around 11:30 p.m., he tweeted that he had been released from jail.
Both men were charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
In a statement to the Daily News, the Public Theater said the protesters were escorted out of the theater in less than a minute “and the show continued to cheers and applause.”
The interruption comes just days after another protester stormed the stage on Friday.
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Laura Loomer, a right-wing blogger, shouted “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right!”
She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing and released from Central Park precinct early Saturday.
Conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, who recorded video of Loomer’s display, shouted similar comments from the audience.
“You are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels,” he said. “You are inciting terrorists.”
Backlash to the Shakespeare in the Park show comes after critics blasted the production for reimagining the title character (Gregg Henry) as President Trump, complete with blond hair and a too-long tie; Caesar is stabbed to death by women and minorities on stage.
Tina Benko plays Calpurnia with Melania’s Slovenian accent.
Delta and Bank of America both dropped their sponsorships over the controversy, but Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis defended the move and said critics didn’t understand the show.
“This play, on the contrary, warns about what happens when you try to preserve democracy by non-democratic means and, again, spoiler alert, it doesn’t end up too good,” he said on Opening Night Monday.
“But at the same time, one of the dangers that is unleashed by that is the danger of a large crowd of people, manipulated by their emotions, taken over by leaders who urge them to do things that not only are against their interest but destroy the very institutions that are there to serve and protect them. This warning is a warning that’s in this show and we’re really happy to be playing that story for you tonight.”
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