At Signature Theatre, Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis' darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith.
From the producers: Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins. Lucius has found God and been born again, and now, Angel's life and the course of his trial will be changed forever.
Audience Note: This production contains the use of herbal cigarettes.
Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is a member and a former co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced both Off-Broadway and on Broadway as well as in the UK. His play "Between Riverside and Crazy" won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train" premiered Off-Broadway at the East 13th Street Theatre in 2000, followed by a production in London at the Donmar Warehouse in 2002. The U.K. production was nominated for the Olivier Award, Best New Play for 2003.
Mark Brokaw ("Cinderella," "Heisenberg") directs a cast made up of Erick Betancourt, Edi Gathegi, Screen Actors Guild Award winner Ricardo Chavira (TV's "Desperate Housewives"), Stephanie DiMaggio, and Victor Rasuk. The Signature Theatre staging marks the first New York City revival of the play since its critically acclaimed debut in 2000.
What's the Signature Theatre? Signature is a highly-regarded Off-Broadway company founded in 1991. Signature focused each of its first 20 seasons on the work of a single playwright - Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, August Wilson, etc. With the opening of the spectacular new Signature Center just west of Times Square, the company has expanded its annual offerings. Tickets, highly subsidized since 2005 by the company's Signature Ticket Initiative, are only $30. More here.