1st Stage Presents Guirgis' JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN

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1st Stage Presents Guirgis' JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN

In Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis' darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith, Angel Cruz a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaits his trial for the death of a religious cult leader. Inside Riker's Island, a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins befriends a terrified Angel. Lucius has found God and been born again. As his attorney, a disillusioned but talented public defender, and Lucius work separately to "save" Angel, his life and the course of his trial will be changed forever. This Olivier Award Nominated play is "fire-breathing...[a] probing, intense portrait of lives behind bars."- The New York Times

The 1st Stage production of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis features Frank Britton, Teresa Castracane (2017 Helen Hayes Awards nominee), Luis Alberto Gonzalez, Jose Guzman, and Robert Heinly. The production is co-directed by Juan Francisco Villa and 1st Stage Artistic Director, Alex Levy.

The design team includes: scenic design by Jessica Cancino, costume design by Danielle Preston, lighting design by Brittany Shemuga, sound design by Kenny Neal, and stage management by Kathryn Dooley.

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train will run at 1st Stage from September 7-October 8 with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

General admission tickets are $33. Senior (65+) tickets are $30. Student and military tickets are $15.

Subscriptions and Flex Passes are available for savings of up to 40% off regular price tickets. Tickets, Subscriptions, and Flex Passes can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703-854-1856.

The run time is approximately 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.

Closed Caption performances are September 15 at 8pm, September 16 at 8pm, September 21 at 7:30pm, September 24 at 2pm, and October 7 at 8pm.

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train is the first play in 1st Stage's 10th Anniversary Season. Following Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train will be My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner (adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok), Directed by Nick Olcott (November 16-December 17), The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin, Directed by Alex Levy (February 15-March 11), Fly By Night by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock, Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer (April 12-May 6), and Swimming With Whales a world premiere play by Bob Bartlett, Directed by Alex Levy (May 31- June 24). The 2nd annual Logan Festival of Solo Performance featuring nationally celebrated solo performers will run from July 12-22, 2018.

About 1st Stage:
Now entering its 10th Anniversary Season, 1st Stage Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre in the heart of Tysons Corner, Virginia. The company serves as a cultural hub for the community producing first-rate theatrical productions as well as hosting professional musicians, orchestras, and visual artists, and providing educational opportunities for the community. Awards include the American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company award, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play in 2017 and Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Lead Actor in 2015, and the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company in 2010. 1st Stage is a member of the Catalogue for Philanthropy class of 2016-2017. In September 2016, The Wall Street Journal called 1st Stage "one of America's most impressive smaller regional companies" and named 1st Stage productions of Floyd Collins and Lobby Hero among their list of the nation's "Best Theater of 2016."

For more information, visit 1st Stage online at www.1ststage.org or follow the theater on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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