JULIUS CAESAR DIRECTOR URGES ARTISTS TO TAKE RISKS

Jun 30, 2017

By Christine Ross

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The director of a play that featured Donald Trump as Julius Caesar says he got death threats. But Oskar Eustis says it’s not stopping him from urging artists to stand their ground. Eustis says leaders in the arts world need to “step out and take the risks that will really fulfil the arts’ historic function.” The director sparked controversy when he chose to portray Caesar as an ego-driven populist with fluffy blond hair, a gold bathtub and a leggy Slovenian wife for his summer production of Shakespeare in the Park in New York City. Trump’s name was never mentioned, but the backlash was quick after images appeared of the Trump-like Caesar dying in a bloody group stabbing.

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