Judith Light lends her support for controversial Public Theater
Separating fact from fiction is no Light subject.
Tony winning actress Judith Light wants no part of the controversy surrounding the Public Theater’s controversial production of “Julius Caesar,” in which the assassinated Roman dictator at the center of the play bears a strong resemblance to President Donald Trump.
“I’m not going to talk to you about anything political,” she told Confidential while other reporters listened in at the Fragrance Foundation Awards at Lincoln Center. Also in attendance was singer Trisha Yearwood, actor Dascha Polanco and director Katie Holmes.
“I’m just going to tell you that I’m a devotee of The Public Theater and I think that we should all be supporting the arts and arts education at a time when things are being cut,” said Light, who made her Broadway debut in a 1975 production of “The Doll House.” “Free Shakespeare in the Park for people is of great importance.”
The Public Theater found itself in the spotlight last weekend when some sponsors pulled funding for their production of the Shakespeare classic, which even drew protest from Donald Trump Jr., who took to Twitter wondering “how much of this ‘art’ is funded by the taxpayers?” The answer is zero.
The dictator in the Public’s “Julius Caesar” was a little too familiar to some theater-goers.
Avoiding controversy suddenly seems to be a pattern for Light, whom we also ran into at the Public Theater’s June 5 Gala in Central Park. That’s where we asked about rumors that her ’80s era ABC sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” might be coming back to television.
“We’re not going to talk about it because I said something at another event like ‘never say never’ and there was a whole blast about how I said…,” she started. “I know nothing, so how about we say that.”
Et tu, Judy?