Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited Makes its West Coast Premiere at the SF Playhouse
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A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and re-imagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Learn More
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Quotes & Highlights
- "<em>Sunset Limited</em> Pulses with Urgency.... Lumbly makes the words sing… English stages the interplay as a tense psychological cat-and-mouse game and brings it to a compelling climax." --<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>
- "It's brilliant theater and a breathtaking high-wire act…Director, actors, and playwright collaborate in creating a challenging, compelling, surprisingly suspenseful play." --<em>San Francisco Examiner</em>
- See a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sfplayhouse.org/season1011/sunset_limited.php">video preview</a> of the show.
The theme of the SF Playhouse's 2010-2011 season is "Why Theatre?” said artistic director Bill English. “Why do we do theatre? How does theatre serve our community? Each of our selections for our eighth season will give a different answer to these questions. Based on the belief that mankind created theatre to serve a spiritual need in our community, our riskiest and most challenging season yet will ask us to face mankind’s deepest mysteries."
The season opens with one of the most powerful writers of our time, Cormac McCarthy (All the Pretty Horses, The Road, No Country for Old Men). The play, billed as “a novel in play form,” brings audiences into a startling encounter on a New York subway platform which leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where they engage in a brilliant verbal duel on a subject no less compelling than the meaning of life.
TV and film star Carl Lumbly (Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Alias, Cagney & Lacey) returns to the SF Playhouse to reunite with local favorite Charles Dean after having performed together in Berkeley Rep’s 1997 production of Macbeth.
Cormac McCarthy's first novel, The Orchard Keeper (1965), won a Faulkner Award, and subsequent grants and fellowships allowed him to continue writing novels while he lived in Tennessee and Texas. Although his subsequent novels Outer Dark (1968), Child of God (1973) and Suttree (1979) solidified his literary reputation, he was relatively unknown until 1985's Blood Meridian, a violent epic about the American West. During the '90s McCarthy, hailed as a prose stylist in the tradition of Hemingway and Faulkner, became famous for his literary Westerns called The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Crossing (1994) and Cities on the Plain (1998). His other novels include No Country for Old Men (2005) and The Road (2006), both of which have been made into films.
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