Now Playing: The Unbleached American

Johnny is playing Ernest Hogan in Michael Aman’s The Unbleached American, making its World Premiere at Stoneham Theatre. Directed by Artistic Director Weylin Symes and co-starring Laura Latreille, the show runs through April 27.

The dying Ernest Hogan (Johnny Lee Davenport) and his nurse Sharon Flynn (Laura Latreille) practice the cakewalk. (PHOTO: David Costa)

The dying Ernest Hogan (Johnny Lee Davenport) and his nurse Sharon Flynn (Laura Latreille) practice the art of the cakewalk. (PHOTO: David Costa)

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IRNE Award for Best Actor, Medium Size Theatre

Johnny Lee Davenport accepts an IRNE for Best Actor in a Midsize Theatre Production.

Johnny Lee Davenport accepts an IRNE for Best Actor in a Midsize Theatre Production.

The Independent reviewers of New England honored Johnny Lee Davenport and Lindsay Crouse with IRNE Awards for their work in the 2013 Gloucester Stage production of Driving Miss Daisy. Artistic Director Eric C. Engel was honored with Best Director and Best Musical Production for Spring Awakening.

Johnny Lee Davenport (Best Actor), Lindsay Crouse (Best Actress), and Eric C. Engel (Best Director, Musical, and Best Musical) celebrate being recognized for their work in Gloucester Stage productions at the IRNE's.

Johnny Lee Davenport (Best Actor), Lindsay Crouse (Best Actress), and Eric C. Engel (Best Director, Musical, and Best Musical) celebrate being recognized for their work in Gloucester Stage productions at the IRNE’s.

 

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9 Ways to See Johnny Lee Davenport in April 2014

1. Live: As Ernest Hogan in Michael Aman’s The Unbleached American, making its World Premiere at Stoneham Theatre. Directed by Artistic Director Weylin Symes and co-starring Laura Latreille, the show runs from April 10 – 27.

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2. Online and in Print: In the Boston Globe article “An Era When Racism Was Entertainment” by Joel Brown.

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3. On TV: As FBI Agent Caleb Williams in Chain Reaction.

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April 1 (Tuesday), ActionMAX HD at 10 p.m.
April 7 (Monday), ActionMAX HD at 11:45 a.m.
April 8 (Tuesday), MovieMAX HD at 11:30 p.m.
April 11 (Friday), ActionMAX HD at 11:45 p.m.
April 12 (Saturday), MovieMAX HD at 9:05 a.m.
April 13 (Sunday), ActionMAX HD at 4:40 p.m.

4. On TV: As U.S. Marshal Henry in U.S. Marshals.

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April 3 (Thursday), AMC HD at 8 p.m.
April 11 (Friday), AMC and AMC HD at 8 p.m.
April 12 (Saturday), AMC and AMC HD at 5 p.m.

5. On TV: As the Husband in Ted.

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April 6 (Sunday) on CineMAX at 10 p.m.
April 9 (Wednesday) on ActionMAX HD at 12:40 a.m.
April 10 (Thursday) on CineMAX at 10:15 a.m.
April 11 (Friday) on 5 StarMAX HD East at 5:05 p.m.
April 13 (Sunday), ActionMAX HD at 2:45 p.m.

6. On TV: As U.S. Marshal Henry in The Fugitive.

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April 12 (Saturday), ReelzChannel at 8 p.m.

7. On TV: As Reverend Theodore Dempsey in the Law & Order episode “DWB” (Season 9, Episode 2).

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April 13 (Sunday), Turner Network TV at 2 p.m.

8. On the Web: As Sebastian in the trailer for the prequel to Ascendants, produced by Charles River Media Group. You see a preview to episode 2, here.

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9. Teaching:

 In schools as a guest artist, Johnny will be partnered with former National Poetry Slam Champion Regie O’Hare Gibson through a Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS Grant, working with students at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School on poetry interpretation and recitation, articulation, and overall presentation skills.

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8 Ways to See Johnny Lee Davenport in March 2014

1. On TV: As the Husband in Ted.

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March 1 (Saturday) on MoreMAX at 9 p.m.
March 4 (Tuesday) on MoreMAX HD at 2:40 p.m.
March 8 (Saturday) on MoreMAX at 12:20 a.m.
March 12 (Wednesday), MoreMAX at 9 p.m.
March 20 (Thursday), MoreMAX at 11:15 a.m.
March 28 (Friday), MoreMAX at 7:05 p.m.

2. On TV: As “Joliet” Jake Blues’s cellmate in The Blues Brothers.

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March 1 (Saturday), VH1 at 11 p.m.
March 2 (Sunday), VH1 at 10:30 a.m.
March 3 (Monday), VH1 Classic at 9:30 p.m.
March 4 (Tuesday), VH1 Classic at 4 p.m.
March 12 (Wednesday), VH1 Classic at 8 p.m.
March 13 (Thursday), VH1 Classic at 4 p.m.
March 18 (Tuesday), VH1 Classic at 8 p.m.
March 29 (Saturday), VH1 at midnight and 11:30 a.m. and on VH1 Classic at 8 p.m.
March 30 (Sunday), VH1 Classic at noon

3. On TV: As FBI Agent Caleb Williams in Chain Reaction.

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March 2 (Sunday), HBO Zone HD at 6:15 a.m.
March 6 (Thursday), HBO 2 at 9:50 a.m.
March 18 (Tuesday), HBO Zone at 5:30 p.m.
March 26 (Wednesday), HBO Zone at 8:45 a.m.
March 31 (Monday), HBO Zone HD at 6:05 a.m.

4. On TV: As U.S. Marshal Henry in The Fugitive.

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March 6 (Thursday), Oxygen at 6 a.m.
March 13 (Thursday), Oxygen at 8:30 a.m.
March 18 (Tuesday), Oxygen at 6 a.m.
March 26 (Wednesday), Oxygen at 6 a.m.

5. On TV: As Reverend Theodore Dempsey in the Law & Order episode “DWB” (Season 9, Episode 2).

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March 7 (Friday), WGN America at noon.

6. On TV: As the M.P. in The Package

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March 20 (Thursday), Encore Action HD at 5:45 p.m.

7. On the Web: As Sebastian in the trailer for the prequel to Ascendants, a short film, produced by Charles River Media Group. You can hear Johnny’s voice in a preview to episode 2, here.

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8. Teaching:
In schools as a guest artist, Johnny will be working with students at Buckingham, Brown, & Nichols on Shakespeare scene work, and partnered with former National Poetry Slam Champion Regie O’Hare Gibson through a Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS Grant, working with students at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School on poetry interpretation and recitation, articulation, and overall presentation skills. In addition, he will present two sessions of “The Classic Monologue” workshop as part of StageSource’s annual Go Audition! Boot Camp.

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2014 IRNE Nominations for “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Invisible Man”

Lindsay Crouse (as Daisy Werthen) and Johnny Lee Davenport (as Hoke Colburn) have been nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, for a Midsize Theatre for their work in "Driving Miss Daisy." Benny Sato Ambush has also received a nomination for Best Director as has Gloucester Stage for Best Production.

Lindsay Crouse (as Daisy Werthen) and Johnny Lee Davenport (as Hoke Colburn) have been nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, for a Midsize Theatre for their work in “Driving Miss Daisy.” Benny Sato Ambush has also received a nomination for Best Director as has Gloucester Stage for Best Production. (PHOTO: Gary Ng)

The Independent reviewers of New England released their IRNE Awards nominations on February 15, 2014. Johnny Lee Davenport has been honored with two nominations for his work in 2013 for The Huntington Theatre’s production of Invisible Man and Gloucester Stage’s production of Driving Miss Daisy.

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Johnny Lee Davenport plays Lucius Brockway (one of the seven roles plus ensemble he portrayed) with Teagle Bougere as Invisible Man. For their work in the Huntington Theatre Company’s epic production of “Invisible Man,” Davenport has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor Large Theatre and Bougere has been nominated for Best Actor Large Theatre. Mary Louise Geiger has also been nominated for Lighting Design for this production. (PHOTO: T. Charles Erickson)

 

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See “The Whipping Man” before it closes and read Ed Siegel’s article “Diversity Onstage”

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As Simon, Johnny Lee Davenport comforts Caleb (Jesse Hinson), as they grieve their respective losses. (PHOTO: Andrew Brilliant)

The Whipping Man at the New Rep Theatre, written by Matthew Lopez and directed by Benny Sato Ambush, closes on Sunday, February 16.

Critic Ed Siegel interviewed Johnny for his article “Diversity Onstage: Boston Theater Looks More Like Boston”  published on February 13 in WBUR’s THEARTERY.

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7 Ways to See Johnny Lee Davenport in February 2014

1. Live: As Simon in Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man at the New Rep Theatre, running through February 16, directed by Benny Sato Ambush.

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2. Live: As a judge of the 2014 August Wilson Monologue Competition Boston Regional Finals on Saturday, February 1, at noon, at the South End Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA on 539 Tremont St.

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3. On the Web: As Sebastian in the trailer for the prequel to Ascendants, a short film, produced by Charles River Media Group. You can hear Johnny’s voice in a preview to episode 2, here.

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4. On TV: As the Husband in Ted, airing on CineMAX, Monday, February 3, at 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, February 4, at 12:05 a.m.; on 5 StarMAX HD East, Wednesday, February 5, at 5:20 p.m.; on ActionMAX, Saturday, February 8, at 4:05 a.m.; on CineMAX, Saturday, February 8, at 7 p.m.; on 5 StarMAX HD East, Sunday, February 9, at 9 a.m.; on ActionMAX HD, Tuesday, February 11, at 10:30 p.m.; on CineMAX, Thursday, Februrary 13, at 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.; on 5 StarMAX HD, Friday, February 14, at 11:15 p.m.; on ActionMAX HD, Saturday, February 15, at 12:15 p.m.; on CineMAX, Sunday, February 16, at 4:35 p.m.; on 5 StarMAX HD East, Tuesday, February 18, at 7 p.m.; on CineMAX, Wednesday, February 19, at 4:45 p.m.; on ActionMAX, Thursday, February 20, at 9 p.m.; on 5 StarMAX HD, Sunday, February 23, at 3:40 a.m., and on ActionMAX HD, at 10:25 a.m.; on CineMAX, Monday, February 24, at 12:10 p.m.; on 5 StarMAX HD East, Thursday, February 27, at 8:45 a.m.; and on ActionMAX HD, Friday, February 28, at noon.

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5. On TV: As FBI Agent Caleb Williams in Chain Reaction, airing on HBO, Sunday, February 2, at 11 a.m.; on HBO Signature, Tuesday, February 4, at 6:50 a.m; on HBO, Monday, February 10, at 8:15 a.m., and Tuesday, February 18, at 10 a.m.; and on HBO Signature, Saturday, February 22, at 8:05 a.m., and on Monday, February 24, at 4:10 p.m.

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6. On TV: As Reverend Theodore Dempsey in the Law & Order episode “DWB” (Season 9, Episode 2), airing on WE tv, Tuesday, February 25, at 7 p.m.

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7. On TV and the Web: In the Minuteman Health advertisements and on the company website.

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

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As part of the Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration, Johnny Lee Davenport reads the final lines of “I Have a Dream,” after sharing the story of Ernest Hogan from his upcoming play “The Unbleached American,” which will play at Stoneham Theatre in April. The event was MC’d by Randy Perillo and honored football coach Chris Yancey for his years of community service to Stoneham. (PHOTO: Kelly Cook)

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Driving Miss Daisy, Best of Boston Theatre 2013

In a show listed among Boston's Best in 2013, Johnny Lee Davenport, Robert Pemberton, and Lindsay Crouse rehearse for Gloucester Stage's production of Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry and directed by Benny Sato Ambush.

In a show listed among Boston’s Best in 2013, Johnny Lee Davenport, Robert Pemberton, and Lindsay Crouse rehearse for Gloucester Stage’s production of Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry and directed by Benny Sato Ambush. (PHOTO: Gary Ng)

In their year-end reviews, three theatre critics listed Driving Miss Daisy among the best shows to see last year.

Jules Becker of Bay Windows wrote, “Lindsay Crouse brought feisty nobility to the evolving title Jewish widow and Johnny Lee Davenport luminous majesty to black chauffeur Hoke in Benny Ambush’s luxury drive revival” (December 26, 2013).

Thomas Garvey of The Hub Review wrote, “Yes, it is literally a vehicle, and yes, its political edge is sanded down to a smooth nub. But with Lindsay Crouse and Johnny Lee Davenport driving it (under the direction of Benny Sato Ambush) Miss Daisy remains reliably touching” (January 1, 2014). On November 25, 3013, Garvey honored the acting ensemble with one of his Fall Hubbies.  In addition, Garvey’s year-end review commended Johnny’s Water by the Spoonful castmates, Theresa Nguyen and Mariela Lopez-Ponce for their individual performances.

Robert Israel of The Arts Fuse, whose original review appeared in EDGE Boston, wrote, “A pitch­perfect production starring Lindsay Crouse, Johnny Lee Davenport and Robert Pemberton, directed by Benny Sato Ambush. Sometimes everything conspires to make a production work — and this was one shining example of excellence, without a wrinkle or an off­ note” (December 29, 2013).

Congratulations to Johnny Lee Davenport's Water by the Spoonful castmates Theresa Nguyen (left) and Mariela Lopez-Ponce (center), received best individual performances nods by Thomas Garvey in The Hub Review. (PHOTO: Mark S. Howard)

Congratulations to Johnny Lee Davenport’s Water by the Spoonful castmates Theresa Nguyen (left) and Mariela Lopez-Ponce (center), who received best individual performances nods by Thomas Garvey in The Hub Review. (PHOTO: Mark S. Howard)

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10 Ways to See Johnny Lee Davenport in January 2014

1. Live: As Simon in Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man at the New Rep Theatre, running January 25 – February 16, directed by Benny Sato Ambush.

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2. Live: Reading Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on January 17 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at 330 Brookline Avenue in Boston, from noon to 1:30 p.m. This event celebrates MLK YMCA Black Achievers.

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3. Live: Giving a motivational speech on January 20 to the community at the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham, Mass., on 15 Dale Court, from 10 a.m. to noon in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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4. On the Web: As Sebastian in the prequel to Ascendants, a short film, now showing at the end of Charles River Media Group’s Indiegogo campaign to fund episode 2 and then the feature film. You can hear Johnny’s voice in a preview to episode 2, here.

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5. On TV: As Reverend Theodore Dempsey in the Law & Order episode “DWB” (Season 9, Episode 2), airing on WE tv, Tuesday, January 7, at 9 p.m.

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6. On TV: As the Husband in Ted, airing on HBO Zone, Wednesday, January 1, at 8 p.m.; On HBO Comedy, Saturday, January 4, at 12:35 a.m.; on HBO2, Monday, January 6, at midnight; on HBO Comedy, Thursday, January 9, at 1:45 a.m. and Saturday, January 11;  on HBO2 Monday, January 13, at 11 p.m. and Friday, January 17, at 10 p.m.; and on HBO Comedy, Monday, January 20, at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, January 21, at 3:45 a.m.; on HBO 2, Sunday, January 26, at 3:45 a.m., on HBO Comedy, Sunday, January 26, at 11 p.m.; on HBO2, Tuesday, January 28, at 8 p.m.; and on HBO Comedy, Thursday, January 30, at 9 p.m.

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7. On TV: As FBI Agent Caleb Williams in Chain Reaction, airing on ThrillerMAX, Friday, January 3, at 4:05 p.m.; on MoreMAX Monday, January 6, at 3 p.m.; on ThrillerMAX, Tuesday, January 7, at 10 p.m., Saturday, January 11, at 8:10 p.m., and Thursday, Janary 16, at 10:40 a.m.; on MoreMAX, Wednesday, January 22, at 2 a.m.; and on ThrillerMAX, Sunday, January 26, at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, January 30, at 12:55 a.m., and Friday, January 31, at 2:55 p.m.

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8. On TV: As the M.P. in The Package, airing on HBO2 on Sunday, January 12, at 5 a.m.

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9. On TV: As U.S. Marshal Henry in The Fugitive, airing on Oxygen, Wednesday, January 15, at 5 p.m., Saturday, January 25, at 1 p.m., Sunday, January 26, at 8 a.m., Thursday, January 30, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

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10. On TV and the Web: In the Minuteman Health advertisements and on the company website.

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