Riding the Midnight Express First he wrote the best-selling book. Then came the Oscar-winning film. Now, with Riding the Midnight Express, comes a solo show performed by the man who lived it. Billy Hayes recounts his time in a Turkish prison and his amazing, harrowing escape. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 23, 2014 Tickets are now on sale for Riding the Midnight Express, written by and starring Billy Hayes, which begins performances off-Broadway on January 22. Directed by John Gould Rubin, the one-man show will play a limited engagement through March 23 at St. Luke’s Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Hayes’ autobiographical book, Midnight Express, was released in 1977 and adapted into a film a year later, starring Brad Davis, Randy Quaid and John Hurt. It won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.