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Chris Bauer in World Premier of Mamet's 'Henry Johnson'

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Chris Bauer (Class of 1988) has returned to the stage for the world premiere of renowned playwright, David Mamet’s new drama Henry Johnson.

The play made its debut September 2nd at the Electric Lodge theater in Los Angeles and will run through October 7th - having been extended another two weeks, most likely due to high ticket sales leading to sold-out showings.

The description of the new theatrical work comes with the terseness for which the hard-hitting playwright is known, “Henry Johnson follows the plight of a man after an act of compassion upends his life.” Alongside Bauer stars Evan Jonigkeit (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sweetbitter) in the title role, longtime Mamet-collaborator Dominic Hoffman (The Unit, Phil Spector), and, in his stage debut, Shia LaBeouf (Transformers, Honey Boy). The play was directed by The L Word: Generation Q showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan.

Bauer with Rebecca Pidgeon in "The Penitent," Photo Credit: Doug Hamilton

This is not the first time Bauer and Mr. Mamet’s paths have crossed. In addition to Chris being a part of the Atlantic Theater Company (founded by Mamet and William H. Macy) - appearing in six of their original productions, he originated the role of Charles in Mamet’s 2017 drama The Penitent. He also appeared in the off-Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley’s Defiance. He made his Broadway debut as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire alongside John C. Reily’s Stanley and Natasha Richardson’s Blanche. On television, you can find him in recurring roles on The Wire, True Blood, and, most recently, Heels. High Fidelity, Sully, and The Little Things are just a few titles pulled from his long list of feature film credits.

For more information about the show and to buy tickets, visit the link.


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