Two protesters interrupted the Public Theater’s production of Julius Caesar Friday, with one storming the stage to accuse the actors of inciting political violence.
Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec filmed his partner-in-crime, Laura Loomer, a right-wing blogger, as she marched on-stage mid-performance.
“BREAKING: Julius Ceasar Gets SHUTDOWN,” Posobiec tweeted along with a video of the stunt, which showed Loomer shouting “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right!” as she marched on-stage.
“This is unacceptable,” she said in front of an audience that called for her to “get off the stage.”
The production reimagines the title character as President Trump.
The Roman dictator wears a long red tie, a blonde bouffant, and grabs his Slovenian-accented wife’s crotch — artistic liberties that have caused some supporters of the Public Theater to withdraw their sponsorship of the show.
Delta and Bank of America are among the corporations that pulled out of the production for its not-so-subtle Trump-like portrayal of Caesar.
Producers paused the performance as security escorted Loomer off-stage, to raucous applause from the audience. Meanwhile, Posobiec, who filmed the incident, shouted, “You are all Goebbels!”
“You are all Nazis like Joseph Goebbels…you are inciting terrorists,” he continued.
“The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands,” Posobiec said, in reference to the congressman shot by a gunman during a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday.
Loomer was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. She was released from Central Park precinct early Saturday morning.
“This is the price I have to pay and I am happy. I am not going to be apologetic for this. I am not ashamed that I’ve been arrrested. I would do it again, really. I would definitely do it again. And I hope more people do it too,” she said in a livestreamed video following her release.
Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, described the incident as lasting less than 45 seconds. “A couple of people set out to interrupt our show and they succeeded in interrupting our show,” he told the Daily News.
“Our stage manager stopped the show and we waited for security to remove them and then we proceeded with the show to the great pleasure of the audience, who gave the cast a standing ovation,” Eustis said.
Eustis said that if anything, the disturbance made for a more exciting night. “It was not a particularly upsetting incident,” he said.
The show continued following the arrest, with stage management calling for the cast to resume from, “Freedom. Liberty,” according to Howard Sherman, who attended the performance.
“The two audience members who interrupted JULIUS CAESAR tonight were quickly and easily forgotten. The show was vastly stronger,” Sherman tweeted following the performance.
Eustis praised stage management for its quick resolution of the interruption, and said he was glad the performance continued.
“There were 2,000 people in the theater, many of them waiting on line since 3:00 a.m. and they were coming to see the show, not someone jump on stage and mouth off on it. So I am glad they got to see the show,” he said.