Riding The Midnight Express with Billy Hayes


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In a Nutshell

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

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 St. Luke's Theatre. Orders only editable or refundable on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Telecharge's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. For ADA accommodations, call Groupon customer service after purchase - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $39 for one ticket to Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes (up to $76 value)
  • When: select dates, Wednesday, February 19 through Sunday, March 23
  • Where: St. Luke’s Theatre
  • Seating: orchestra
  • Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.<p>

Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible; there are 10 steps into the theatre and there is no ramp.<p>

Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes

Trailer for 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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