The Signature Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, which was originally scheduled to start October 3, will now begin performances October 5.
The delay follows the departure of actor Reg E. Cathey, who withdrew from the production due to personal conflicts. The role of Lucius Jenkins will now be played by Edi Gathegi (the Twilight film series).
Opening night for the production, directed by Obie Award winner Mark Brokaw, is set for October 23 at The Irene Diamond Stage. The Signature Theatre staging marks the first New York City revival of the play since its critically acclaimed debut in 2000.
The cast also includes Erick Betancourt (Julius Caesar), Screen Actors Guild Award winner Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Stephanie DiMaggio (A Confederacy of Dunces), and Victor Rasuk (How to Make It in America).
Set inside Rikers Island, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train follows Angel Cruz, a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside prison, Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins, a born-again believer who will change the course of Angel’s life forever.
The creative team includes Riccardo Hernandez (scenic design), Dede M. Ayite (costume design), Scott Zielinski (lighting design), and M.L. Dogg (sound design). Linda Marvel is the production stage manager. Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.
To purchase tickets call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit SignatureTheatre.org.