'True Blood' actor Chris Bauer to return to stage

Associated Press Modified: October 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — "True Blood" star Chris Bauer is going to be sinking his teeth in a new play in New York.

The Atlantic Theater Company said Thursday that Bauer will star in a production of "What Rhymes With America" a new work by by Melissa James Gibson.

Bauer, who also was on NBC's "Third Watch" and the Billy Crystal movie "61(asterisk)," said in a phone interview from Los Angeles that he was desperate to hit the stage again.

"I've told my children to think of this as though I'm going for a life-saving operation," he said. "The opportunity to work on a play from the ground up in my favorite theater with all new people, makes me feel like there's a real potential for reinvigoration."

The cast also includes Aimee Carrero, who currently stars on the Cartoon Network live-action series "Level Up"; Seana Kofoed, on Broadway in "Proof" and "Night Must Fall"; and Da'Vine Joy Randolph, who earned a Tony Award nomination for "Ghost: The Musical."

It will be directed by Daniel Aukin, who recently staged Joshua Harmon's play "Bad Jews" and Sam Shepard's "Heartless" off-Broadway and "4000 Miles" by Amy Herzog at Lincoln Center. Previews of "What Rhymes With America" begin Nov. 19. The play opens Dec. 12.

Bauer, a company member of the Atlantic Theater Company, has appeared in three Jezz Butterworth's plays at the Atlantic — "The Night Heron," ''Parlour Song" and "Mojo."

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