"Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes"

Barrow Street Theatre

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In a Nutshell

In a one-man show, the subject of the Oscar-winning film Midnight Express recounts his time in a Turkish prison and subsequent escape

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Barrow Street Theatre. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Barrow Street Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $29 for one ticket to Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes (up to $50 value)
  • When: select dates, October 26–November 30
  • Where: Barrow Street Theatre
  • Seating: orchestra
  • Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees
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Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes

Warning: contains adult language

At first, Billy Hayes didn’t want to tell the story again. Speaking to Newsday, he said, “I thought people have got to be sick to death of hearing this . . . I’ve been telling it forever. Then, I discovered there’s this whole new generation that wasn’t familiar with this story.” But even those who know Midnight Express—either from the best-selling 1977 memoir or the Academy Award-winning 1978 film—are certain to be newly captivated by the tale when they hear it straight from the man who lived it. In Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes, the charismatic Hayes recalls his misadventures as a hashish smuggler and the true events of his five-year stay in a Turkish prison. With a chance to set straight many facts that the film creatively skewed, he weaves a gut-wrenching narrative laden with self-effacing humor, pathos, and a new perspective that has arisen in the years since his experience. As he told the New York Post, “It was the ’60s—sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. Everything was easy. And then, suddenly, it wasn’t easy anymore.”

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