JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN
by Stephen Adly Guirgis

“This highly talented cast never missed a beat through the skilful direction of Jake Murray who has certainly made the most of this well written, thought provoking play.“

- NORTH EAST THEATRE

Angel Cruz is standing trial for shooting the Reverend Kim in the ass; Reverend Kim later died. Lucius Jenkins is on appeal, trying to avoid the death penalty for the murder of eight people. For one hour each day, both men share adjacent cages on Rikers Island, New York’s top security prison. Then one day they get talking.

'Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train' is a funny, powerful, adrenaline-fuelled drama of good and evil, penalty and redemption, justice and revenge by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Stephen Adley Giurgis ('The Motherfucker With The Hat' at the National Theatre, 'In Arabia We'd All Be Kings' at the Hampstead Theatre & 'The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot' at the Almeida).

ASSEMBLY ROOMS, DURHAM & HOME, MANCHESTER MAY 2018

Cast and creatives
  • Danny Solomon as Angel Cruz
  • Faz Singhateh as Lucius Jenkins
  • Alice Bryony Frankham as Mary Jane Hanrahan
  • Alastair Gillies as Valdez
  • Garth Williams as Charlie D’Amico
  • Directed by Jake Murray
  • Produced by Hannah Ellis
  • Designed by Louis Price
  • Lighting by Adam Murdoch
  • Sound by Gerry Marsden
  • Production Manager Andrew Glassford
  • Stage Manager Alice Longson
  • Voice coaching by Graham Eaglesham
OUR REVIEWS

“A lively interpretation of a play that hasn't been seen in the region before with some interesting things to say and Solomon gives another impressive performance after his Manchester Theatre Awards nomination for Elysium's inaugural production last year.”

BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

“***** A big play – and played in the HOME studio space has an intimacy that makes it even more affecting, as we literally look into the eyes of a killer. The set, dominated by a huge stars and stripes backdrop, is bold enough to make a big statement, yet unfussy enough to leave the impact to the extraordinary script and flawless performances.”

- REVIEWSHUB

“Having seen Elysium Theatre Company's Manchester debut last year with 'Days Of Wine And Roses' at 53Two, I was delighted to be able to see their latest production playing at HOME until Saturday. Based in Durham, this company produce contemporary plays rarely if ever seen outside of London, and, even after only 2 productions, are already a force to reckon with.”

- REVIEWERNUMBER9

“The acting here is excellent. The play runs for two hours with no frills to distract the audience, and all parts demand a lot from their respective performers, but every member of the cast delivers the goods. Alastair Gillies makes a skin-crawling Valdez and Danny Solomon presents Angel Cruz as one of the most well realised, three-dimensional characters I have ever seen on a stage.“

- UPSTAGEDMANCHESTER

“**** An excellent piece of writing.... Brilliant performances.... Pushes the audience through the emotional barriers surrounding violent crime to instead rouse a much deeper contemplation of the forces that shaped the actions in the first place.”

- THE GREATER MANCHESTER REVIEWER

“A pulsating drama by a promising new playwright which goes to the heart of the big questions about morality, life, hope and redemption in the darkest of settings.”

- FRANKLYMYDEAR.COM

“Elysium TC is a new, northern-based theatre company, and Jesus Hopped the A Train is only its second production – the first being Days of Wine and Roses, which was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award. Its mission is ‘to bring the best of world theatre to the North.’ This is obviously a worthy ambition – and, judging by this exhilarating and highly accomplished production, Elysium is well on the way to achieving it.“

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