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In the Scene

Theatre production questions if Shakespeare was a Jewish woman

By: Culture Staff

Published: September 2nd, 2009 in Culture » Stage » News

In the Scene

On select days in September, The Dark Lady Players will perform “Shakespeare's Anti-Christian satires: The Virgin Mary Parodies," which features satire versions of classic Shakespeare characters like Ophelia, Desdemona and Juliet.

The play illustrates discoveries by John Hudson, an English Shakespearean researcher, who presents a 16th century Marrano/Converso Jewish woman as the real author of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

Amelia Bassano Lanier (1569-1645), nicknamed the Dark Lady, was the first woman in England to have a poetry book printed. Although Lanier has been known for her poetry and for being an early feminist critic of the Christian gospel (not to mention for being the alleged mistress to the man in charge of the English theater), new research conducted at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham by Hudson suggests the so-called Dark Lady was in fact the author of Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

The Amelia Bassano theory has been generating buzz around the world, including in Canada where the Canadian literary journal “The Queen's Quarterly” reviewed the theory in 11 pages, concluding that "The case for Amelia Bassano Lanier is as plausible as Shakespeare's and more plausible than many others.”

The Dark Players have been known for staged demonstrations of Jewish allegories in plays like "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "As You Like It," but this is the first time the Virgin Mary allegories in "Othello," "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet" are being performed live.

Free Performances:

Sept. 5 at 2:15 p.m.

"Virgin Mary Mystery Play Procession," an outdoor event at Washington

Square, starting at southern end near chess boards. This is a free

procession that leads the audience to Manhattan Theatre Source for

"Shakespeare's Anti-Christian satires: The Virgin Mary Parodies."

Sept. 5 and 12 at 3:00 p.m.

"Shakespeare's Anti-Christian satires: The Virgin Mary Parodies"

Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 MacDougal Street

Runs One Hour

Added Performances Include:

Where Eagles Dare Studio, 347 W. 36th St. - $15

Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18 at 9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m and 4 p.m.

Wednesday, sept. 30 at 9 p.m.

For more information: www.darkladyplayers.com

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