Shia LaBeouf is ready to make his stage debut in playwright David Mamet’s new manufacturing Henry Johnson, amid the actor’s ongoing trial with former accomplice FKA Twigs.
The Holes star, 37, will act alongside Oscar nominee David Paymer (Mr Saturday Evening), Dominic Hoffman and Evan Jonigkeit in Mamet’s forthcoming play, which is ready to run from 1 September to 24 September on the Electrical Lodge theatre in Venice, California.
Directed by The L Phrase: Technology Q showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan, Henry Johnson “follows the plight of a person after an act of compassion upends his life”.
Of his casting, LaBeouf mentioned in an announcement: “I’m extremely grateful to have the chance to work with David Mamet. His expertise and creativity are unparalleled, and it’s actually an honor to collaborate with arguably our best residing playwright.
“Henry Johnson is a novel and compelling story. It has not solely impressed me however has additionally pushed me to develop as a performer.”
This isn’t the primary time LaBeouf has been related with stage work. He was set to star reverse Alec Baldwin in Broadway’s 2013 revival of Orphans. Nonetheless, LaBeouf dropped out after the 2 clashed over reported “artistic variations”.
LaBeouf’s stage debut comes amid present controversies, by which he’s dealing with allegations of abuse and sexual battery introduced in opposition to him by 35-year-old British singer FKA Twigs (actual identify Tahliah Debrett Barnett), whom he dated from 2018 to 2019.
In 2020, the genre-bending “Cellophane” singer filed a lawsuit in opposition to LaBeouf, accusing him of crimes together with sexual assault, battery and infliction of emotional misery.
The trial has confronted a number of delays due to each LaBeouf and FKA Twigs’s schedules. It’s now anticipated to happen by “1 November 2023 or 6 December 2023, or to a date as quickly as handy thereafter on the Courtroom’s calendar”, authorized paperwork acknowledged.
LaBeouf has denied “every allegation” of abuse by FKA Twigs.
He did, nevertheless, apologise for being “abusive to myself and everybody round me for years. I’ve a historical past of injuring the individuals closest to me. I’m ashamed of that historical past and am sorry to these I harm.”
Mamet, in the meantime, has additionally confronted backlash over his excessive views. In 2022, he sparked outrage after he declared that many male academics are paedophiles.
In an announcement about his new manufacturing, Mamet mentioned: “Constantin Stanislavski wrote that any director who does one thing attention-grabbing with the textual content doesn’t perceive the textual content.
“Most stage administrators are solely English academics with a stage supervisor to deliver them tea whereas they confuse the actors. God forgive them, and should God bless Ms Ryan.”
Henry Johnson will run from 1 September by means of 24 September on the Electrical Lodge in Venice, California.