Rogue Machine Theatre
the LA Premiere of

by Cormac McCarthy

Directed by
John Perrin Flynn

Ron Bottitta and Tucker Smallwood

Produced by
John Perrin Flynn and Matthew Elkins

Running Time: The Sunset Limited runs for 2 hours with no intermission.

Lighting Design: Dan Weingarten
Sound Design:
 Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski
Set Design: 
Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Costume Design: 
Lauren Tyler
Production Manager: Amanda Mauer

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?


A superb staging by Rogue Machine’s John Perrin Flynn renders McCarthy’s distinctively spare, evocative dialog with the agility of a fencing match...
- LA Times       

[read the entire review here]

John Perrin Flynn's top-notch staging of Cormac McCarthy's 1996 two-character play shows the author is a gifted dramatist as well as a superb novelist… Complementing Flynn's fine direction are the equally superb performances.
-  LA Weekly      

These actors command our attention for two uninterrupted hours with their skillfully calibrated interplay and the intelligence they bring to these challenging roles. Flynn's direction is taut and insightful, and he receives first-rate support from his design collaborators, who enhance the unnerving mood with their stark but arresting contributions.
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