Laura Loomer, who identifies herself as a journalist, stormed the stage on Friday during the scene in which the title character, who bears a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump, is assassinated. She has been charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct and bailed just over two hours later.
Meanwhile, Jack Posobiec - who posted video footage of the protest on Twitter - began calling concertgoers Nazis and implied that performances of the play, which began in late May, were connected to leftist James T. Hodgkinson's shooting attack on Republican lawmakers Wednesday, shouting: "The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands!" You are all inciting terrorists!
Laura Loomer, who works for the alt-right website The Rebel, ran onto the stage during the performance and was promptly dragged away and booed by the crowd.
Delta and Bank of America both pulled their sponsorship of the Public Theater, which is known for its edgy, modern productions. During the actual trials, twenty people in colonial MA accused of being sorcerers were hung, not burned at the stake. She also compared the production to ISIS. Posobiec has yet to clarify if he has actually read The Crucible or understands its subject. The staff removed the protestors peacefully, and the show resumed with the line 'Liberty! In the Shakespearian tragedy, Caesar is assassinated by members of the Roman Senate.
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"Our stage manager stopped the show and we waited for security to remove them, and then we proceeded with the show to the great pleasure of the audience, who gave the cast a standing ovation", Eustis said. Freedom!' The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued.
The nonprofit Public Theater noted that like its critics, it also has the right of free speech under the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. "I call on the Public Theater to apologize to the family of Steve Scalise". "This play, on the contrary, warns about what happens when you try to preserve democracy by nondemocratic means, and again, spoiler alert, it doesn't end up too good".
Loomer was arrested, but Posobiec was not.
A video was tweeted out by Posobiec at 9:13 PM showing Loomer rushing the stage and yelling that the scene was an "act of political violence against the right".