Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

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Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Date premiered 2000
Place premiered New York
Original language English
Subject Prison
Genre Drama

Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train is a theatrical production created by Stephen Adly Guirgis.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The play takes place in a prison setting, portraying two men who face murder charges.[1]


The production was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2000 for its world premiere in New York.[2][3] It was originally produced by New York-based LAByrinth Theatre Company.[4]

The original cast includes Salvatore Inzerillo, John Ortiz, and David Zayas, Ron Cephas Jones, and Elizabeth Canavan.[2]


The production enjoyed considerable acclaim from critics such as Ben Brantley of the New York Times and Michael Feingold of The Village Voice.[5] In a review of one of Guirgis's later works, Hilton Als described Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train as "hysterical and irreverent", "an outstanding 2000 piece about imprisonment and moral responsibility."[6]


  1. ^ "VSU performers will present play". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Hoffman Directs Original Cast of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train for June 22 Reading". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Jesus Hopped the A Train @ Town Hall". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  4. ^ "About Labyrinth". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Australian Stage Online - Jesus Hopped the A Train". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  6. ^ Als, Hilton (25 April 2011). "War Games: Battles at home and abroad". The New Yorker (Condé Nast): 86–87. Retrieved 3 July 2013.