Delta, Bank of America and American Express have distanced themselves from The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park after growing backlash for sponsoring the theater’s adaptation of “Julius Caesar.”
Shakespeare’s play deals with the historic event of Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44BC. A group of conspirators killed the Roman army general, fearing Caesar was amassing too much power and believing the only way to save the democratic Republic of Rome from becoming an empire was to kill him.
The play, which has been in previews at New York’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park and officially opens on Monday, is a contemporary take on the Shakespearean masterpiece. It features a Julius Caesar who has blonde hair and dresses in a suit and long tie rather than a toga.