Monday June 19, 2017
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For some conservatives, a new production of Julius Caesar goes too far in its depiction of the Roman general as a Donald Trump-like figure.
On Friday night, two right-wing activists — including Laura Loomer from Canada’s Rebel Media — interrupted the performance, yelling, “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right” and other slogans.
Loomer stopped the show during Caesar’s assassination scene. She was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, and later released. The performance went on.
Samantha Rehr was in the audience. Here is part of her conversation with As It Happens co-host Carol Off.
Carol Off: Can you describe the scene when the protesters showed up?
Samantha Rehr: Before the show started, there was one protester with a sign. He was in a blocked off area and he had a sign that said, ‘boo the cast’ and it was sort of just funny. Everyone was passing by and sort of laughing.
But during the show … Caesar is assassinated, the conspirators in the senate one by one stab him and it’s a very graphic image with a lot of blood and it’s actually quite hard to watch. As soon as that was done, there was suddenly this woman on the stage. She had come up from the audience. She was shouting about violence against conservatives, stop the violence against conservatives.
What was funny was that in this production, and the way this production is staged, they have actors playing protesters, so at the beginning of the show there was a woman who came out of the audience all dressed in black and she was protesting Caesar. And so for a moment the audience didn’t know what to believe.
And then the audience caught on and began booing and then another man popped up in the audience and was calling everyone Nazis and saying you’re all Goebbels.