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Left Forum 2010, Pace University, New York. Dark Lady Players Present Radical New Cultural Paradigm

John Hudson said "Our March 20th presentations at the 2010 Left Forum will show that Shakespeare’s plays were written as anti-Christian allegories by Amelia Bassano Lanier in order to critique the Gospels by revealing them to be Roman fictions. As one of the world’s most experimental Shakespeare companies, our next production of those allegories, called Hamlet’s Apocalypse, will be at Manhattan Theater Source in Greenwich Village in November 2010."

New York, NY, March 15, 2010 --( John Hudson stated "The last 5 years have seen two major new cultural paradigms. Firstly, recent work by Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament scholar Joseph Atwill has shown that the Gospels were created by the Romans as war propaganda, to give the Jews a pacifistic, pro-Roman messiah who would teach them to pay taxes, love their enemies the Romans, give to Caesar what was due to Caesar, and assist the Roman army. Secondly it has been discovered that the Jewish poet Amelia Bassano learnt the truth about Christianity around 1590, and decided to transmit her knowledge by concealing it within the allegorical level of the Shakespearean plays.

"For instance Hamlet, which the Dark Lady Players will be performing in November 2010, is a parody of the Book of Revelation, which mocks it as a literary construction not a divine revelation. The parody in Hamlet is very clear because the play has 7 angels, 7 trumpets, 7 letters, just like Revelation. Laertes is a parody of Christ who jumps out of the grave with his arms in a cross in a parody of the resurrection, and Ophelia is the Virgin Mary/Woman Crowned with the Sun. Claudius is the Beast of the Apocalypse and Gertrude with her chalice is the Whore of Babylon. Our presentation at the Forum will draw on our work on Hamlet, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to demonstrate their underlying allegorical meanings. They have massive implications for Christian fundamentalism and its impact on politics and society."

About the Left Forum. The Left Forum will bring together approximately 3,000 participants from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The theme for 2010 is "The Center Cannot Hold: Rekindling the Radical Imagination." An eclectic group of internationally known scholars, journalists, and policy analysts will offer trenchant criticism and compelling insights. A Press Release is available on the Pace University website.

About Amelia Bassano: Amelia Bassano Lanier (1569-1645) came from a family of Venetian Marrano Jews of Moroccan origin. They became musicians at the Elizabethan court and subsequently played music for the theater company that performed the Shakespearean plays. She was the so-called ‘Dark Lady’ of the sonnets, the mistress to the man in charge of the English theater, and the first woman to publish a book of original poetry Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (1611). In addition, her ‘literary signatures’, a device used in classical literature, have been found on half a dozen of the Shakespearean plays. Her authorship makes sense of many otherwise inexplicable features of the plays, such as their references to Hebrew texts, the fluency they demonstrate in Italian, their knowledge of music, knowledge about Venice, their use as sources of books written for young women, and even the unusual number of women dressing as men.

About John Hudson: Hudson is the artistic director of the experimental Shakespeare company The Dark Lady Players. His innovative article “Amelia Bassano Lanier; A New Paradigm” announcing Amelia Bassano Lanier as the major author of the Shakespearean plays appeared in The Oxfordian in November 2009. He is a graduate of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham. A recent news article ‘Was Shakespeare a Woman?’ appeared in the Globe and Mail in January 2010. Hudson may be reached on

Press Contact: Barbara Rosenfeld, New York
phone; (212) 929 0903

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