Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

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

Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train is a play written by Stephen Adly Guirgis.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The play takes place in a prison on Rikers Island in New York. Angel Cruz and Lucius Jenkins face murder charges.[1]


The play premiered Off-Broadway at the East 13th Street Theatre in a production by LAByrinth Theater Company on November 29, 2000 and ran to December 31, 2000.[2][3] The play was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.[4][5][6] The original cast includes Salvatore Inzerillo, John Ortiz, and David Zayas, Ron Cephas Jones, and Elizabeth Canavan.[4]

The play was produced in London at the Donmar Warehouse in 2002.[7] It was nominated for the Olivier Award, Best New Play for 2003.[8]


The production received considerable acclaim from critics such as Ben Brantley of the New York Times and Michael Feingold of The Village Voice.[9] 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."[10]


  1. ^ "VSU performers will present play". Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Listing", accessed April 22, 2015
  3. ^ Gutman, Les. "Review", November 28, 2000
  4. ^ a b "Hoffman Directs Original Cast of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train for June 22 Reading". Archived from the original on 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Jesus Hopped the A Train @ Town Hall". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  6. ^ "About Labyrinth". Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  7. ^ Billington, Michael. "Review. 'Jesus Hopped the A Train' " The Guardian, 13 March 2002
  8. ^ "Olivier Winners 2003", accessed April 23, 2015
  9. ^ "Australian Stage Online - Jesus Hopped the A Train". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  10. ^ Als, Hilton (25 April 2011). "War Games: Battles at home and abroad". The New Yorker. Condé Nast: 86–87. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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