Cormac McCarthy's Powerful New Play, The Sunset Limited, Makes its Los Angeles Debut
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Amazing actors and great material. Yes, the chairs are uncomfortable, but it was so good that the time flew by and I wasn't bothered. If you are introspective and able to admit some of your less than perfect traits are held by Mr. White, and also able to look at Mr. Black without being turned off by discussions of spirituality, you should have a thought provoking time. As with McCarthy's other work, it may seem bleak on the surface, but you have to look below to what he tries to tell us about perseverance and commitment. There is always a slight glimmer of hope that keeps us moving, we have no other choice but to be driven forward.
Quotes & Highlights
“Superb staging…evocative dialog with the agility of a fencing match…a work of supple nuance…electrifying.” —Los Angeles Times_, Critic’s Choice
“Smallwood’s beautifully nuanced characterization is mesmerizing. Bottitta’s depiction of White’s journey is equally layered and deeply affecting.” —Backstage_, Critic’s Pick
“Taut and muscular production…due to the impeccably detailed direction. The Sunset Limited must be experienced.” —Stage & Cinema
“Wonderfully acted. Boldly staged…an even balance between tension and action.” —LA Theatre Review
“This intellectual smackdown is a white-knuckle, gut-wrenching emotional ride with its shattering conclusion that takes no prisoners. Packs a powerful and unforgettable punch. Go see this knockout performance!” —EyeSpyLA.com
“Intensely satisfying…an engaging, focused demanding experience…with—meaning, subtext, questions, choices, hope, despair, death, God and philosophy. And then some.” —LA Splash
“It’s brilliant theater and a breathtaking high-wire act… a challenging, compelling, surprisingly suspenseful play.” —San Francisco Examiner
The Sunset Limited
by Cormac McCarthy
Directed by John Perrin Flynn
Starring Ron Bottitta and Tucker Smallwood
On a subway platform in New York City, an ex-con from the South saves the life of an intellectual atheist who wasn’t looking for salvation. Now, the reformed murderer-turned-savior ventures to offer salvation of another kind, bringing the failed suicide victim back to his Harlem apartment for an articulate and moving debate about truth, fiction and belief. The two men are named Black and White, as indeed they are. White is disillusioned and disenchanted by the modern world. Black had an epiphany after a nasty knife fight in the penitentiary and discovered a faith that he now wants to share with others, or at least with White. Black begins in control, but it quickly becomes clear that the nonbeliever is much more secure in his convictions than the believer. And when White goes on the attack, his nihilism steamrolls his opponent. Is Black a guardian angel or just a sinner looking for redemption? Was White really saved, or is he stuck in a kind of purgatory?
Cormac McCarthy (playwright) received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for_ The Road_. His 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He received a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for his 1992 novel, A_ll the Pretty Horses_. His previous novel, Blood Meridian (1985) was among Time Magazine’s poll of 100 best English-language books published between 1923 and 2005 and placed joint runner-up in a poll taken in
2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years.
Ron Bottitta* (White) struck fear into the hearts of audiences (as Leftie) in Rogue Machine’s world premiere production of Razorback** **last season. Selected NY credits: NYSF/ Public Theatre, Barrow Group, Irish Rep. Irish Arts Ctr. Films include: Alice In Wonderland, __A Christmas Carol __, National Treasure II, Book of Secrets, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest, The Prestige, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and In Good Company. Selected TV credits: ER, Lost, Heartland, Jericho, Alias, The Shield, and Boston Public. In LA, his stage credits include: Shel Silverstein’s Uncensored, How The Other Half Loves, O’Neill’s Ghosts, The Art __of Success __(Odyssey), __The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui __(Strasberg), and Brighton Beach Scumbags (Lillian).
Tucker Smallwood* *(Black): Tucker’s theatrical productions include 5 for NY’s Public Theater and numerous plays in America, Edinburgh and Romania. Lots of feature films and 100’s of hours of episodic television, including God for The Sarah Silverman Program_. He is the author/narrator of _Return to Eden, an anthology of essays recounting his experiences as an Army Advisor, his life as an artist with PTSD and his return to Vietnam in 2004. He is committed to veterans advocacy and asks that you also support treatment for all of our soldiers, once they’ve come home.