Innocence (McGuinness)

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DOI: 10.5040/9780571284252.00000023
Acts: 2. Roles: Male (6) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Set in Rome on May 29, 1606 (the day Caravaggio killed Rannuccio Tomassoni), this play shows the artist/hero consorting with whores and rent boys, pimping for his patron, suffering for his lust for blood and violence and, in a death-filled dream, encountering his sister who expired in childbirth, Caravaggio is depicted as an agonised, self-destructive, homosexual anarchist; yet at the same time, he is told by the Cardinal, 'You believe with a depth that is frightening and vision that is divine.'

Innocence by Frank McGuinness premiered at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in October 1986.

From Frank McGuinness Plays 1

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Faber and Faber

Frank McGuinness

ISBN: 9780571177400

Series: Faber Drama

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