Gathegi replaces Cathey in Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Signature Theatre has announced that "Twilight" star Edi Gathegi has replaced Emmy Award winner and "House of Cards" star Reg E. Cathey in the upcoming revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train, due to personal conflicts.

Edi Gathegi's many screen credits include "X-Men: First Class", "The Blacklist: Redemption", "The Blacklist", "Criminal Activities", "Proof", "Family Tools", "My Bloody Valentine", "House", "Gone Baby Gone", "Crank", and the role of Laurent in the "Twilight" movie franchise.

In addition, previews will now begin at the Irene Diamond Stage at off-Broadway's Pershing Square Signature Center on October 5, 2017 (instead of October 3). An official opening remains scheduled for October 23 with the limited engagement running through to November 12, 2017.

The cast of Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train includes (in alphabetical oder) Erick Betancourt (as Charlie D'Amico), SAG Award winner and "Desperate Housewives" star Ricardo Chavira (as Valdez), Stephanie DiMaggio (as Mary Jane Hanrahan), Edi Gathegi (as Lucius Jenkins), and Victor Rasuk (as Angel Cruz).

Synopsis: "Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins. Lucius has found God and been born again, and now, Angel's life and the course of his trial will be changed forever. Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train is a darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith."

Under the direction of Mark Brokaw, the creative team features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Dede M. Ayite, lighting design by Scott Zielinski, and sound design by M.L. Dogg.


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