The Laurence Olivier Award-nominated show Jesus Hopped the A Train makes a triumphant return to the West End with a run at the Trafalgar Studios 2 this April. It is likely to be a stand out show due to its staging by the Synergy Theatre Company, who seek to help in the rehabilitation of criminals and prisoners by giving them a platform to perform.
It means that the actors in the production are made up of ex-prisoners and professionals, which will give a unique twist to a show that tells the story of a mercy-less prison in the United States, where two prisoners struggle to get through their day to day lives. It is to be directed by Esther Baker from the original script by Stephen Adly Guirgis.
The Synergy Theatre Company regularly produces shows that appear on stages across the capital and within the confines of prisons. They aim to help in the rehabilitation of prisoners, ex-prisoners and those of the younger generation who are at high risk. Through acting, playwright workshops and activities relating to television and radio they nurture the talents of those who might otherwise have little chance.
Esther Baker is the Artistic Director of the company and founded it in 1999. But her work is not restricted to the group and she has sat at the helm of numerous shows in the West End and beyond.
Their chosen show Jesus Hopped the A Train looks at the lives of prisoners in the United States, in particular on the impressionable Angel and the serial killer Lucius. The pair are serving their time in protective custody on Rikers Island, New York with the tension rising as they face up to the demons from their past that continue to haunt them, with God looking down on them and the overbearing and as the brutal prison system shows them little mercy.
The show is an acclaimed piece from playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, which premiered in New York in 2000 with Hollywood star Philip Seymour Hoffman as the director, with a cast that included John Ortiz, David Zayas and Salvatore Inzerillo. It was a critically acclaimed production and when the show appeared in the capital, it was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.
Jesus Hopped the A Train appears at Trafalgar Studios 2 from Wednesday 7th April 2010 (previews from Tuesday 6th April 2010) until Saturday 24th April 2010.
|Booking From:||Monday, 5th April 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 24th April 2010|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
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