Genre: Drama
©John Watts
Hamlet as a Black Comedy, directed by Jenny Greeman

The Dark Lady Players present a black comedy showing “Hamlet” is a comic Jewish parody of the Book of Revelation and was written by the ‘Dark Lady’ of the Sonnets, Amelia Bassano Lanier.This allegorical meta-theatrical production takes place on Doomsday. The Anti-Christ (Hamlet) and son of the Devil (King Hamlet) kills Christ (Laertes) and God the Father (Polonius). The Virgin Mary (Ophelia) tries to help by rising into heaven as the Woman Crowned with the Sun, but falls into the water and drowns. Hamlet then kills his own tribe, the Whore of Babylon (Gertrude) and the Seven Headed Beast of the Apocalypse (Claudius) before dying himself. And instead of the golden city of Jerusalem descending from the sky, what comes on stage is a parody from the Arabian Nights, a Fort-in-Brass.  

About the Company: Dark Lady Players

 The Dark Lady Players perform the underlying allegories in the Shakespearean plays, showing that they are comic religious satires. This raises a profound question about how such parodies could have got into the plays, which leads to the latest authorship theory, that  a major author of the plays was the Dark Lady, the experimental poet Amelia Bassano Lanier.

Open:   11/07/10
Close:   11/09/10

Theater:   Manhattan Theatre Source
Address:   177 MacDougal Street
New York,
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Company: Dark Lady Players         Official Web Site: www.darkladyplayers.com