Interview With…Ukweli Roach

Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon chatted to  Ukweli about Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic Theatre. 

Credit: Johan Persson

Huge thank you for talking to me. What can audiences expect from Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train? Audiences can expect a powerful, provocative and unexpectedly funny piece of theatre which will leave them with questions can be discussed long after the show is done.

What was it about the story that attracted you to being involved with the production? For me it was the brilliant arguments and moral dilemmas posed by Stephen’s brilliant writing and the journey that my character goes on throughout the play.

Could you tell me a bit more about your character Angel Cruz? Angel Cruz is a troubled guy form Harlem (New York) who finds himself on trial for the attempted murder of a famous religious cult leader. He has such heart, conviction and courage which is counter-balanced by his nativity, fear and poor judgement.

Do you think that there is anything in particular that audiences can take away from the production? Audiences will leave with many debate worthy topics that’s for sure. Questions of whether the American penal system is serving the community or just profiting from incarceration, questions of rehabilitation vs punishment, faith vs belief and much more.

How have you found working ‘Jesus Hopped the A Train’ so far? Tough, challenging but rewarding and fun at the same time! And our director, Kate Hewitt, is great which helps!

What are you most looking forward to about performing this play for audiences? I’m looking forward to inhabiting this complex and layered character and affecting audiences with his impactful journey.

By Emma Clarendon

Jesus Hopped on the ‘A’ Train will play at the Young Vic Theatre from  the 14th February until the 30th March.  

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