Protesters Outside ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park, and Laughs Inside

Mary Andrews, 59, of Manhattan, who was hoping for a standby ticket — standby lines were closed because of high demand — was wondering where the backlash had been when another American production of “Julius Caesar,” in 2012 in Minneapolis, depicted Caesar as President Barack Obama.


Before the production Saturday night, audience members were invited onto the stage to add a message to a poster reading: “I mourn for” and “I hope for.”

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“I tried to be as polite as I could be without too much snark,” she said of her interaction with the protesters. “But I don’t think I succeeded in that.”

“Julius Caesar resembled Barack Obama that time,” she said of the previous production. “They have a right to protest, but why…

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