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By: Christy Jones

Taxi to Broadway

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“Hey, did anyone tell you look like James Dean!”


It happened once in a while. I had just lit a cigarette… (can’t resist the slice of ham). Drawing into myself; playing the dead actor behind the wheel, cigarette dangling loosely from my pouting lips; angry at life… scowling at the world!


Christy Jones was no James Dean, but he could proudly tell people in his taxi that he was an actor nonetheless. And driving wasn’t the only time he could play a character.


The author of this memoir found a passion for acting and made it to Stella Adler’s Academy for Theater in the early ’60s. But to make a decent living he drove a taxi across New York for six years. Christy never had an accident, though he had plenty of narrow escapes during his six years of driving. He preferred driving at night, so he could make the rounds of agents and producers during the day. But the streets can be treacherous... and dangerous. A cab only lasts a couple of years on New York City streets. After a long time spent dropping people off at their destinations, he finally arrived at his own: Broadway.


Taxi to Broadway is a story of fleeting conversations and adventurous nocturnal driving, but in the end, it is what all great stories should be – a tale about following your passions.

Christy Jones was born on a farm that was part of Dublin Airport, during World War II. He was the eldest of eight children. When he was 21, he emigrated to the U.S.A and settled in New York City. He was soon drafted into the Army. But he joined the National Guard and after serving his six months of Active Service, he was out of the Military. He attended the Stella Adler Theatre Institute, graduating after two years. Christy had been named after his grandfather, Kit. His granddad had owned a Taxi Service in the town of Rush. Christy decided to support himself by driving a Taxi in New York City. He pursued an acting career, appearing in many off Broadway shows and writing five plays. He has recently completed this memoir Taxi to Broadway.

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