Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A near fatal encounter in front of a passenger train brings two very different men together to explore and debate the meaning of life, human suffering, and the existence of God.

Starting Friday, August 2nd, Trinity Street Players will present Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited at Trinity Street Theatre located at 901 Trinity Street in downtown Austin.

 A famous novelist, McCarthy has written All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country for Old Men, all which have been adapted for film. A two-character drama, The Sunset Limited has been billed as a “novel in dramatic form.”

 The play involves two nameless characters whose lives intersect when “Black” saves “White” from throwing himself in front of a train. The story unfolds and follows the men as they go back to Black’s sparse Harlem apartment.

 The men find they are polar opposites; Black reveals himself as an evangelical ex-convict; White, an atheistic professor.  As they discuss White's suicide attempt, a verbal duel results, prompting both characters to remain fervently rooted in their beliefs.
The Sunset Limited is directed by Patrick Torres, who recently moved to Austin from Washington, DC where he worked for 10 years as a director and educator. His work has been seen at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ford’s Theatre, and the Southwest Shakespeare Festival. The Sunset Limited will be his Austin area debut.

The cast includes Trevor Bissell as “Black” and Derek Jones as “White.” Bissell most recently appeared as the title character in the City Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's Othello.

Jones has been involved in the performing arts for more than 30 years - acting, directing, writing and producing. He appeared recently on Trinity Street Player's stage in the critically-acclaimed Almost, Maine. He also serves on the board of Austin's local B Iden Payne Awards Council.

For mature audiences, shows are Friday and Saturday nights August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm on August 4, 11, and 18.

Tickets are FREE, but reservations may be made at trinitystreetplayers.com/reservations or by calling 512-402-3086. Donations are appreciated.

About Trinity Street Players – Trinity Street Players is an all-volunteer nonprofit community theatre, committed to providing high-quality, thought-provoking, and entertaining stage productions in the heart of downtown Austin. We believe in making arts accessible and relevant, and welcome all who share a passion for creating and experiencing the transformative power of the theater.


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