|Front Row L to R: Nancy Holson, Jim Russek, and Mia Weinberger. Back Row L to R: Mitchel Kawash, Aisha Dukes, James Higgins, and Richard Spitaletta|
|Aiesha, Me, and Mitchel Kawash|
|Richard Spitaletta, Me, Mia Weinberger|
|Stop! In The Name of the U.S. Supreme Court|
|"Welcome to the Hotel Mara Lago"|
For many people seeing this piece will feel like a "preaching to the choir" moment with a fun selection of hymns. For others, the mere mention of President Trump being placed in a position of being mocked, or as in the case of this year's PUBLIC THEATER Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CEASER, can make some supporters very angry. Of course, these were people who have not read Julius Caeser, cliff notes or otherwise. If they read the piece, they would know that it is a commentary on power and politics. The fact that some people are sometimes so ill informed and reactionary, is one of my concerns when I talk with the cast and some of the creatives involve in this piece.
These young actors are singing and dancing their hearts out, and are very aware of the potential political ramifications of what they are doing. The show ends on what some might find an objectionable tone if you are on the right side of center. Nothing as extreme as Kathy Griffin, but it might make someone bristle. My feeling is, if Nancy and that cast continue to stick together through whatever comes their way, then we will all have to get over ourselves. After seeing the show, I asked Nancy if she is prepared to stand by every lyric and I have to give it to her. She is making it her mission to stay as connected to the news to continually update the show. This means that if there is something insanely huge in the news, then the show will find a way to wedge it in the mix. The show does have an agreement that if President Trump is impeached, the show will close that night. I predict there will be many more rewrites and additions before that happens, and if impeachment actually gets him, then I hope she has plans for the Mike Pence follow up. God help us all.
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