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Concordia University and the English-Speaking Union Bring STARTLING Movie About William Shakespeare, “Last Will and Testament,” to Portland

On Thursday, January 24, 7:00 p.m., at Concordia University's Fine Arts Building's Theatre, the first major documentary movie in 22 years regarding the Shakespeareauthorship question,  "Last Will and Testament," will be previewed.  The documentary is a First Folio Pictures production and the film's directors, Lisa Wilson and Laura Wilson Matthias, will be in attendance.  A question and answer session will be held after the viewing.  Cost of admission is $12.50.  VISA, MC, cash, or check will be accepted.

"Last Will and Testament" is a 90–minute film that explores the validity of assigning authorship of the plays and sonnets to The Bard, William Shakespeare.  Among those appearing in the film are actress Vanessa Redgrave, and well-known Shakespearean actor, Sir Derek Jacobi.  Both denounce the ability of the moderately educated William Shakespeare to have written material familiar with such breadth of history.  "Swill" is the term Redgrave uses in reference to what she sees as an assumption…that Shakespeare is author of material that has revolutionized the English language.

Concordia University, 2811 N.E. Holman Street in Portland, is the site of the well-known Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre (SARC).  Dr. Daniel Wright (who appears in the film) holds the world's largest conference on the Shakespeare authorship question every spring at the University.  The 17th Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference will be held April 11-14, 2013.

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