Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited Makes its West Coast Premiere at the SF Playhouse
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The last date listed for The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy was Saturday November 6, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Quotes & Highlights
“Sunset Limited 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.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“It’s brilliant theater and a breathtaking high-wire act…Director, actors, and playwright collaborate in creating a challenging, compelling, surprisingly suspenseful play.” —San Francisco Examiner
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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.