The reviews are in!
“Superb staging… evocative dialog with the agility of a fencing match… a work of supple nuance… electrifying… keeps us on the edge of our seats. What more could you ask for?” LA 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)
“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
“Wonderfully acted. Boldly staged…an even balance between tension and action.” LA Theatre Review
“Intensely satisfying… an engaging, focused demanding experience… with meaning, subtext, questions, choices, hope, despair, death, God and philosophy. And then some.” LA Splash
“Taut and muscular production…due to the impeccably detailed direction. The Sunset Limited must be experienced.” Stage & Cinema
“An intriguing exploration of religious faith versus nihilism… gives a superb pair of actors a showcase that crackles with intelligence.” LAist
Watch the trailer!
November 6 – April 30
Directed by John Perrin Flynn
Starring Ron Bottitta and Tucker Smallwood
Produced by John Perrin Flynn and Matthew Elkins
Lighting Design by Dan Weingarten
Sound Design by Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski
Set Design by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Costume Design by Lauren Tyler
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?