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This show closed on April 6, 2019

About Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train

From Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf**ker with the Hat), a dark comedy about the contradictory nature of faith.

Inside the lockdown wing of Rikers Island prison, a frightened young man accused of murdering a cult leader is confronted with a charismatic born-again serial killer and a sadistic guard.

Will one man’s redemption lead to another’s damnation...?

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After shooting the leader of a religious organisation, Angel Cruz is being held in Rikers Island prison in New York awaiting trial. Despite insisting that he hasn’t done anything wrong, the young Puerto Rican bike messenger meets his match during the hour he spends every day in the jail yard. In the adjacent cell is Lucius Jenkins, a serial killer trying to avoid being sent to Florida where he would inevitably face the death penalty. To hide from his fears, Lucius distracts himself with intense physical workouts and the comforts of religion. The conversations between the two men forms the heart of the play, with Lucius reaching out and attempting to indoctrinate his neighbour, who lost his belief in God long ago.

Award-winning American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (“The Motherf**ker With The Hat”) questions whether redemption is ever possible when you’ve committed murderous acts. This funny, powerful, adrenaline-fuelled, dark comedy about justice and faith offers a stark reflection on how the U.S. legal system struggles to deal with the complexities of the human condition.

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What To Watch For

  • The play premiered off Broadway in a production by LAByrinth Theater Company in 2000, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • The 2002 London production at the Donmar Warehouse was nominated for an Oliver Award for Best New Play.
  • This production is directed by Kate Hewitt, winner of the JMK Award 2014 for Far Away at the Young Vic.

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Run Time

2hrs 15mins (inc interval)

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Shocking, shattering, stunningly well-written
Daily Telegraph
Like a shot of caffeine straight in the veins
Guardian

Young Vic (Main House)

66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

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