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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc said on Sunday it was pulling its sponsorship of the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” in New York over a portrayal of the assassinated ancient Roman leader that resembles U.S. President Donald Trump.
The contemporary staging of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, by the nonprofit Public Theater, portrays Julius Caesar as a blond-haired, powerful man wearing a business suit with an American flag pin, while his wife, Calpurnia, has a Slavic accent and dresses in designer fashions.
Shakespeare’s play focuses on the fatal stabbing of Caesar by former associates, and the subsequent fate of democratic institutions.
Delta said in a statement on Sunday that the Public Theater’s “artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste.”
In announcing the production in…