Political tensions are high right now. "This is unacceptable", 24-year-old Laura Loomer yelled as she took the stage during the show's assassination scene.
The duo was quickly removed by security, but not before really making people think about the consequences and dangers of political violence, which they were already doing, because-as pointed out in a note the theater itself has posted-that's the whole point of Julius Caesar.
Laura Loomer, formerly of Project Veritas, rushed the stage shouting "Stop the normalization of political violence against the right!" The two protesters posted their own videos of the event live online, and viewers in the audience captured the incident as well. "You are all Nazis" and "Goebbels would be proud", Posobiec is heard saying. You are all inciting terrorists!
Scalise, a top-ranking Republican, was injured in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. "The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands", Posobiec claimed.
Loomer was reportedly charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Loomer tweeted: "I'm out of jail, but I'm not apologetic".
In a statement on twitter, the Public Theater said it expected the protest, which it said "was part of a paid strategy driven by social media". The play is a free Public Theater performance running until Sunday.
Two protestors disrupted our show tonight; we stopped the show for less than a minute and our stage manager handled it beautifully.
The show continued following the arrest, with stage management calling for the cast to resume from, "Freedom".
But as many Shakespeare fans and scholars have been pointing out since the outrage over the Public Theater's Trump-tinged Julius Caesar first began to draw criticism, Julius Caesar is an inherently political play with warnings for everyone - and one that specifically implores those who commit political violence, even in service of their country, to consider the futility of their actions. When Caesar is killed, an audience member said, "B$3 lood was spewing everywhere out of his body". So, here, it's the Trump-like version that meets the same fate.
But Friday's protesters clearly viewed the Public Theater's production of Julius Caesar as a call for violence against the right.