Just before the curtain goes up on The Sunset Limited, Cormac McCarthys Novel in Dramatic Form, a man attempts to kill himself by leaping in front of a train. Hes saved by a stranger, and the pair hole up together to discuss, among other things, the first mans attempted suicide, the existence of God, and the meaning of life and human suffering.
The men are referred to only as Black and White, their respective skin colors. Black is an ex-con and a Christian; White is an atheist. In other words, McCarthys is an unsubtle allegory, but one that critics, when the play opened at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, seemed to like (despite concern that the piece jumped genres was it a novel or a play?). Sunset is lately popular with smaller theater companies, although its been recently eclipsed by McCarthys novel The Road, which won a Pulitzer, and the film adaptation of his No Country for Old Men.