Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf is set to make his stage debut this autumn, in the world premiere production of David Mamet’s Henry Johnson.
Directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan (The L Word: Generation Q), Henry Johnson will run at the Electric Lodge in Venice California from 1 September 2023.
The play follows the plight of a man after an act of compassion upends his life, and the cast also includes David Paymer, Dominic Hoffman, and Evan Jonigkeit.
In a press statement, Shia LaBeouf said: “I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with David Mamet. His talent and creativity are unparalleled, and it is truly an honor to collaborate with arguably our greatest living playwright. Henry Johnson is a unique and compelling story. It has not only inspired me but has also pushed me to grow as a performer. Marja’s guidance and mentorship have been invaluable, and I am grateful for the knowledge and wisdom Evan has shared with me. Working with these artists has deepened my appreciation for the power of storytelling. I am immensely thankful for the chance to learn from and build with them.”
David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize winner, with Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. His screenwriting credits include The Verdict and Wag the Dog.
Shia’s forthcoming projects include Francis Ford Coppola’s sci-fi drama Megalopolis with Adam Driver and Dustin Hoffman. Recent and past film credits include Padre Pio, Pieces of a Woman, The Tax Collector, Honey Boy, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Borg vs. McEnroe, American Honey, Man Down, Fury, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1, and Vol. 2, Charlie Countryman, the Transformers trilogy, The Company You Keep, Lawless, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.