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Publisher's Summary

New York, 2013. During his late-night commute on the A train, Harlem native Tyrone tries to impress Niesha, his coworker at a nightclub, who just wants to read her book and pass the ride in silence. But as they travel uptown, the two forge an unlikely connection that extends beyond the confines of the subway car. 

Directed by Stevie Walker Webb (Ain’t No Mo’, Public Theater; one in two, The New Group) and written by James Anthony Tyler (Artney Jackson, World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival), hop thA A is an Emerging Playwrights Commission about finding love in an unexpected place and humanity in a society designed to leave people behind.

hop thA A was directed by Stevie Walker-Webb with sound design by Justin Ellington.

Portions of this audiobook contain mature language and themes. Listener discretion is advised.

Playwright James Anthony Tyler was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible commissioned playwright, he received funding and creative support to develop hop thA A.

©2020 James Anthony Tyler (P)2020 AO Media LLC

About the Creator

James Anthony Tyler is an award-winning playwright who holds an MFA in Film from Howard University, an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, and is a member of The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program.
His honors include the Paul Robeson Award and a John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting from NYU. He is a proud member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group and a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow. A perpetual student of the form, Tyler is mentored by Tanya Barfield and was a playwriting intern on Tracey Scott Wilson’s play Buzzer, which was presented at The Public Theatre, directed by Anne Kaufman. He was also awarded The Playwrights Center’s Many Voices Fellowship and accepted to the 2016 Ars Nova Play Group.

About the Performer

Ronald Emile is a Haitian-American actor born and raised in New York. His credits include Actually by Anna Zeigler (Theaterworks Hartford) and Feeding Beatrice by Kirsten Greenidge (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). He received his MFA from NYU Tisch Graduate Acting.

About the Performer

Jayme Lawson was named one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch for 2020. She was cast in Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring opposite Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, and Zoe Kravitz. Her feature film debut Farewell Amor, from director Ekwa Msangi, premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at Sundance in 2020 and was released in December by IFC Films. Lawson was featured as one of LA Times’s and Variety’s breakouts of the festival, cited for her “inhabited, flawless performance.” She made her New York stage debut in The Public Theater’s 2019 revival of Ntozake Shange’s seminal play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf. She is also a 2019 graduate of the Juilliard School.

About the Performer

Kareem M. Lucas is a Brooklyn born and Harlem based actor/writer/producer/director whose work has been performed at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, American Repertory Theater, The Greene Space, Aaron Davis Hall at City College, The Town Hall, The Fire This Time Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, HERE Arts Center, Hi-ARTS, JACK, IRT Theater, The Brick Theater, Teatro Circulo, Judson Arts Wednesdays, AFO Theater, and The Slipper Room, among others. His solo show Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain’t Always Pretty premieres in the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s 2020-2021 season. He’s in a residence at the New Ohio Theatre that culminates with a world premiere production in Fall 2021. He’s an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a NYTW 2050 Playwriting Fellow while also a teaching artist with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and The 52nd Street Project. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

About the Performer

Stew (Walkerspace, World Premiere); The Rose Tattoo (Broadway/American Airlines Theatre); Rinse Repeat (Pershing Square Linney Theatre); Ruined (MTC/Geffen Playhouse); McReele (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Way West, Our Lady of 121st St., and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (LAByrinth Theatre Company)
Regional: Sweat (Mark Taper Forum), Artney Jackson, The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Fences (Longwharf & McCarter Theater), Our Town (Ford’s Theatre)
Film: Lapsis, All The Little Things We Kill, Skin, From Nowhere, The Greatest, The Messenger, Please Give
Television: The Enemy Within, She’s Gotta Have It, The Blacklist, Big Dogs

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The writing pulls you into the train with the actors, immerses you into the New York spirit and forces you to journey with the characters literally and emotionally. A must listen. A must feel. A must learn.

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Amazing Dialogue and Connection between the Actors

I was pleasantly surprised how artfully this play was performed. I felt like a fly on the wall listening to these amazing actors. Very recommended short Audible play.

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Hop thA A

This story took me by surprise. It was a beautifully written tale. Poignant, harsh and poetic at times...... it truly touched my heart.

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Relatable and nostalgic

I felt like I was the character and I used to ride the trains growing up in Brooklyn. It felt like a blanket comforting me as I listened to the story!

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Hilarious/meaningful!

I enjoyed this from beginning to end! James Anthony Tyler did an amazing Job writing this and the performers did a great job bringing it to life. Would love to see it on the stage!

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Powerful

Beautiful performance, you could hear every nuance, "see" the facial expressions. This is a Big little story, reminds you to be real and never assume you know people from first expression. Loved it.

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Amazing!

Extraordinary imagery. Riveting storyline. Captivating to say the least. A perspective that is generally overlooked. #insight

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Thought provoking

Very immersive performances, like I was sitting on the subway eavesdropping on their conversations. I was so caught up in getting to know them I almost forgot they were fictional characters. Very honest and real.

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Really touched

I enjoyed this audible. I felt it was right it was relevant, needed and stood out against many reads. To the author and actors, thank you.

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So entertaining!

Just wish it was LONGER, I enjoyed it that much. The narrators were outstanding ! I can’t imagine it could be better in book form!

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