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. Riding the Midnight Express previously played a limited engagement at St. Luke’s Theatre earlier this year. Riding the Midnight Express Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 28, 2014 View Comments Related Shows 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 harrowing escape. There will be a Q&A between Hayes and the audience following each performance. Riding the Midnight Express With Billy Hayes officially opens off-Broadway on October 2. Directed by Jeffrey Altshuler, the production is playing at the Barrow Street Theatre.