Jesus Hopped the A Train, the latest production from Off-Off Broadway's LAByrinth Theatre Company, features the talents of two seemingly tireless theatre artists: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Stephen Adly Guirgis.
The former directs the piece -- which runs July 18-Aug. 12 at Center Stage in NYC -- having only recently exited his role-switching duties in the Broadway production of True West. The latter wrote the play and is also author of the currently-running Sistah Supreme.
Hoffman and Guirgis collaborated last year of LAByrinth's hit production of Guirgis' In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, a production which enjoyed an extended run. The play was set amidst the current "new and improved" antiseptic Times Square, where alcoholic hookers, crackheads and gigolos meet to drink, talk, and have sex -- all trying to find their way to the next day. Jesus treads similarly gritty territory. The play, described as a "prison-court room-comic drama," concerns a Riker's prisoner who's imprisoned for killing a cult leader who made away with his best friend. John Ortiz stars, alongside David Zayas Elizabeth Canavan, Sal Inzerillo and Ron Cephas Jones. Designing the show are Narelle Sissons (set), Mimi O'Donnell (costumes), Sarah Sidman (lighting) and Eric DeArmon (sound).
Tickets are $15. Center Stage is located at 48 W. 21st Street in Manhattan. For tickets or more information, call (212) 929-2228.
-- By Robert Simonson
and David Lefkowitz