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Time Warner CEO on ‘Julius Caesar’ Uproar: We’re Proud to Support Public Theatre

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes defended the entertainment conglomerate’s financial support of The Public Theatre, which is staging in New York an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in which a stand-in for President Donald Trump is stabbed to death. Bewkes said Time Warner is “proud” to support the theater, though it doesn’t necessarily support each production. ‘We don’t have a role in choosing or influencing which production they select or ow they stage them,” he said Thursday at Time Warner’s annual meeting of shareholders at the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank. “I’m not going to turn into a drama critic. …  The point of the play is one being debated for about 400 years,” Bewkes said. “The killing of Caesar actually raises very important points about how that did not work out well nor did it accomplish the ends of those senators who did kill Caesar,” he said. “Learn about tyranny, learn about how elected leaders can ed up changing what they got elected to.”

“We’re certainly not going to drop our support” for a theater that has “done so much good work,” Bewkes told the shareholders. About half of the 300 people in the audience applauded him. Bewkes was responding to a challenge from a shareholder who asked “especially in the light” of Wednesday’s shooting of Republican congressman Steve Scalise, how Time Warner can continue to support The Public Theatre. Hollywood Reporter

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