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Riding The Midnight Express With Billy Hayes
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BILLY HAYES (Writer/ Performer) Billy Hayes – Writer/Director

Billy Hayes has been writing, acting, and directing since the book he wrote about his experience in a Turkish prison, Midnight Express, was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1978. Hayes has written the sequel book, Letters From a Turkish Prison---1970-75, and numerous screenplays, including Cock & Bull Story, Southside, Kauai and Pamplona.

Hayes directed the critically acclaimed Cock & Bull Story at the Fountainhead Theatre in Los Angeles, garnering numerous 1992 L.A. Drama Critics Circle, L.A. Weekly, and Drama-Logue awards. He directed the feature film version of Cock & Bull Story, which has played in film festivals in Sydney, London, Turin, Rome, New York, and San Francisco among others.

Other directing credits include the award-winning The Last Pad (written by William Inge and produced by Amnesty International) in Los Angeles; The Cage in New York City (which he adapted for an all-female cast); and the 1993 production of Washington Square Moves, which the L.A. Weekly awarded Production of the Year honors, and for which the NAACP Theatre Awards honored Hayes with a Best Director nomination. He staged the critically acclaimed production of Break of Day at Los Angeles’ Lillian Theatre and is a member of the Actors’ Studio West Playwright/Director Unit.

He previously directed episodes of the TV series “Copper”, and produced/directed Angel Food, a documentary about the Project Angel Food delivery program for homebound AIDS patients. Angel Food has been shown in the Dallas, Boston, and Denver Film Festivals. He has developed and co-produced The Bachelor’s Baby, a movie of the week for CBS, starring Scott Bakula.

Hayes won a 2006 LA Weekly Best Actor Award for his One-Act performance in Shuffle, Shuffle, Step…a tribute to Samuel Beckett.

As an artist member of Inside Out, Hayes used theatre skills in his work with both at-risk kids and disturbed, incarcerated patients at Patton State Hospital. Additionally, Hayes has shared the lessons of his life experience through his work as a mentor to homeless youths at the L.A. Free Clinic.