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The Public Theater is refusing to back down after backlash over its production of "Julius Caesar," which portrays a Donald Trump-like dictator in a business suit with a long tie who is knifed to death onstage. In a statement Monday, the theater said it stands behind the production, despite Delta Air Lines and Bank of America's pulling their sponsorship of the Public's version of the play. Though the Public's version of William Shakespeare's classic play is unchanged from its 400-year-old original, the production portrays Caesar with a gold bathtub and a pouty Slavic wife.The National Endowment for the Arts, which Trump once proposed eliminating, said that while the Public's Shakespeare programming has received its grants in the past, none was awarded for "Julius Caesar" or for funds supporting the New York State Council on the Arts' grant for the Public.It's had Trump in its sights before.The Public isn't the only theater project trying to address the advent of Trump.Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore is bringing a one-man show taking on Trump to Broadway this summer.
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