Carthaginians

 

Carthaginians by world-renowned Irish playwright Frank McGuinness is set in a cemetery in Derry, Northern Ireland where 3 women and later 4 men gather to wait for a miracle – that their dead loved ones will rise.  The characters are all survivors of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre of 14 unarmed Irish protesters by British soldiers.  Using mordant and black humor, as well as densely poetic language and mythical echoes of the ancient city of Carthage, McGuinness has created a multi-layered, powerful and moving piece that focuses on forgiveness and redemption.  Rev presented Carthaginians in 2 site-specific venues: Gloria Dei Churchyard in South Philadelphia and iconic Laurel Hill Cemetery.