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THEATER | "Riding the Midnight Express" 

If you want to see an epic tale about beating seemingly impossible odds, you could go see "Unbroken" in the movie theatre, or you could hear an equally brilliant tale told live by the man who lived it. "Riding the Midnight Express" is the chilling tale of Billy Hayes, who when he was a college student was arrested in Turkey in 1970 for attempting to smuggle hashish across the border. Instead of a suitable sentence, he was given life in jail. Hayes would eventually end up making a dramatic escape from his incarceration and make it home to the U.S., going on to write a book on his experience, which in turn was made into an Oliver Stone film. Take the opportunity and hear Hayes recount his encouraging, underdog story, and stick around immediately after the show for a Q&A session with him as well.

"Riding the Midnight Express" takes place at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street, continuing Wednesday, December 17, through Sunday, December 21. 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 3 p.m. on Sunday. $26-29. downstairscabaret.org.

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