PHOTO CALL: New York Rangers' Rod Gilbert and More Celebrate Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes
By Joseph Marzullo
08 Feb 2014
Billy Hayes, who wrote the best-selling novel "Midnight Express," upon which the Oscar-winning film of the same name was based, officially opened on Feb. 5 in Riding the Midnight Express With Billy Hayes at St. Luke's Theatre.
Here's a look at the after party, held at Sardi's.
Directed by John Gould Rubin, Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes started previews on Jan. 22. Performances continue at the Off-Broadway venue through March 23.
Barbara Ligeti produces.
"For the first time on the live stage," press notes state, "Hayes recounts the five years he spent in a Turkish prison and his brazen escape. He reveals aspects of his adventures never before told, elaborates on many instances portrayed in the film version, and corrects some of the plot-lines and scenes that were fictionalized for the movie – especially the actual, true story of his harrowing, white-knuckle escape."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.