Riding The Midnight Express with Billy Hayes
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Billy Hayes is impeccable in his one man show. Anyone who has seen the award winning movie Midnight Express based on Mr. Hayes' imprisonment in Turkey will enjoy this because you will be up close with the person who experienced it and will see the raw emotions that no actor can deliver other than Mr. Hayes himself. He engulfs the audience by taking us step by step into the nightmare he is thrown into years ago as if we are there with him experiencing it through his vivid descriptive monologue and bringing us back to freedom and to cherish each moment and to take care of now and the rest will take care of itself. A great survival story and definitely not to be missed.
In 1970, Hayes was arrested trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey and spent four years in a Turkish prison, only to find out they had extended his sentence to life. He escaped to Greece in 1975 and was deported to the U.S., where he was interrogated to gather intelligence on Turkey.
Hayes wrote a book about his ordeal, and the book was later made into the 1978 film Midnight Express, with a screenplay written by Oliver Stone.
For Billy Hayes, coming of age in the 60’s was a wild and joyous adventure. Join him on this fascinating journey, ultimately riding The Midnight Express into peril, fame, and fortune on a strange voyage of discovery—-from the heights of youthful folly to the crushing depths of despair, from the isolation of a prison cell to worldwide notoriety.
Share that ride, with its laughter and tears, each telling as unique to him as he hopes it will be for the audience … all abooaard!