“The Sunset Limited” to roll into Tehran

November 28, 2017

TEHRAN – “The Sunset Limited”, a play by American writer Cormac McCarthy, will be staged at the Arghanun Hall in Tehran on December 3.

Faranak Heidarian will direct the play, which will be performed by Ahmad Saatchian and Mehdi Bajestani.

The play’s title is derived from the name of a passenger train that ran from New Orleans to Los Angeles on the former Southern Pacific Railroad via the so-called “Sunset Route” across the southern U.S.

The play involves only two nameless characters, designated “White” and “Black”, their respective skin colors. Offstage, just before the play begins, Black saves White from throwing himself in front of a train. 

“The Sunset Limited” will be on stage for a month. Heidarian staged the play at the Entezami Hall of the Iranshahr Theater Complex during October.

The play was originally published in a paperback edition in 2016 when it was staged in New York. Some consider it to be more a novel than a true play, partly because of its subtitle, “A Novel in Dramatic Form”.

Photo: Mehdi Bajestani (L) and Ahmad Saatchian perform “The Sunset Limited” at the Entezami Hall of the Iranshahr Theater Complex in Tehran. (Photo by Reza Javidi)


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