Jason George Takes Lead Role In Pasadena Playhouse’s ‘Twelve Angry Men’
Actor Jason George is having his best season ever. Not only is he a series regular on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ since 2010, but he’s also a co-star on ABC’s new hit show ‘Mistresses,’ starring Alyssa Milano and Rochelle Aytes, and plays Det. Adam Noble on Lifetime’s ‘Witches of East End,’ starring Jenna Dewan-Tatum (wife of Channing Tatum).
“I like to stay busy, but it’s a little crazy right now,” said George, who teaches an actor’s workshop and also sits on the board of SAG-AFTRA as the chair of their national diversity advisory committee. “My thing is if it shoots in Los Angeles, and I get to sleep in my own bed, then these are all positive things.”
A staple on TV since his breakout role in 1997 as Michael Bourne on NBC’s soap opera ‘Sunset Beach,’ George is actually a theater-trained actor. A Virginia native, George’s plan was to break into theater after studying drama at the University of Virginia and going for a Masters of Fine Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Instead he attended an open call and beat out 14,000 hopefuls to land his first TV gig. He went on to star or appear in such shows as ‘Off Centre,’ ‘Platinum,’ ‘What About Brian,’ ‘Eli Stone,’ ‘Eastwick,’ and ‘Off The Map,’ and has also appeared in films ‘Playing For Keeps,’ ‘Three Can Play at that Game,’ and most notably, ‘Barbershop.’
This month, the 41-year-old re-visits his stage roots playing Juror Eight in the classic courtroom drama ‘Twelve Angry Men,’ which will run Nov. 5 to Dec. 1 at the Pasadena Playhouse. A role he pursued despite his loaded schedule.
“I stopped (director) Sheldon Epps because I immediately thought about the Trayvon Martin case,” said the married father of one. “He’s talking about the judicial system and prejudice and assumptions we make about people based on their look.”
“Theater is meant to entertain and also spark that conversation,” he added.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.
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Joining McQueen as executive producers are Matthew Michael Carnahan and Russell Simmons.